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FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Bodies Infected With COVID-19 In New York Become Property Of State, Get Incinerated

Added 05-31-20 07:16:02pm EST - “'They're not letting you bury your own'” - Checkyourfact.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Checkyourfact.com: “FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Bodies Infected With COVID-19 In New York Become Property Of State, Get Incinerated”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An image shared on Facebook claims bodies infected with COVID-19 in New York become property of the state and are incinerated without “wakes or memorial services.”

Spokespeople for local and state agencies, as well as organizations representing medical examiners and coroners, have debunked the claim. The state allows funeral services with limited visitors.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has claimed the lives of over 29,000 people in New York to date, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: Is Dunkin’ Donuts Closing All Locations Over Coronavirus Concerns?)

The Facebook post, which features a photo of COVID-19 victims in a refrigerated truck, claims that the bodies of COVID-19 victims in New York become property of the state and are incinerated with no “wakes or memorial services.” BuzzFeed News published the photo after obtaining it from an emergency room nurse in New York City.

“New York Coronavirus Victims,” reads the Facebook post’s caption. “They’re not letting you bury your own. There will be no wakes or memorial services to pay your last respects. Every contaminated corpse belongs to the state and will be exposed of in an incinerator.”

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