The photo showing bodies piled in a vacant hospital room was shared with CNN.
The photo showing bodies piled in a vacant hospital room was shared with CNN.

The sad photograph that reveals the coronavirus death horror

First it was footage of bodies being loaded into refrigerated trucks outside New York City hospitals, now the coronavirus pandemic has produced more morbid scenes from hospitals around the United States.

Emergency room staff at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit have shared photos that show bodies piled in vacant rooms as the hospital struggles to cope.

The pictures were shared with CNN by staff at the hospital.

"Bodies are definitely double stacked on the floor. There is no lift to help put the bodies on the shelf," one health care worker who has witnessed similar scenes during the pandemic told CNN.

The personal effects of the deceased are believed to be inside the blue bags that sit on top of some bodies in the picture.

The photo showing bodies piled in a vacant hospital room was shared with CNN.
The photo showing bodies piled in a vacant hospital room was shared with CNN.


A hospital spokesperson told the outlet: "Patients who pass away at our hospital are treated with respect and dignity, remaining on-site until they can be appropriately released. Like hospitals in New York and elsewhere, we have secured additional resources such as mobile refrigeration units to help temporarily manage the capacity issue caused by COVID-19."

The US now has more officially recorded cases of coronavirus than any other nation, with over 600,000 being diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 25,000 people have died, including 2070 on Tuesday alone.

The majority of cases and deaths have been in the densely populated state of New York and surrounds.

More than 10,000 deaths have now been attributed to the crisis in New York, with local health authorities now counting those who probably died of coronavirus but were never tested or confirmed to have it.

The state of Michigan, where Detroit is the capital city, has more than 25,000 confirmed cases, and over 1600 people have died.

In response, US President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to stop funding the World Health Organisation (WHO), accusing it of mismanaging the pandemic by responding too slowly.

 

Mr Trump has also been accused of doing the same thing by people who noted he continued downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak long after WHO had already declared a global health emergency at the end of January.

As thousands continue to die in the US daily, attention is already turning to "restarting the country" in the hopes of saving its economy from further recession.



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