South African Mortuaries Run Out Of Space As Coronavirus Bodies Pile Up

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SOUTH AFRICA – 29, 577 South Africans have so far succumbed to the virus.
Funeral parlour owners say they are under immense pressure and are battling to cope with the high number of burials they have to perform daily due to deaths from COVID-19.
They say bodies are piling up and at times they are forced to wait at the cemeteries for graves to be dug.
The pandemic has drastically transformed the death-care industry with staff also fearing contracting the virus.
National Funeral Practitioners Association of SA President Muzi Hlengwa says the situation at funeral parlours is saddening.
“It is very different. It is something that you have never seen before. As I speak to you now, I am busy trying to ensure that coffin suppliers re-open earlier than they are supposed to. We have run out of coffins, we have run out of space at the mortuary. We are even requesting that those who can afford or are able to must try and get extra mortuary facilities, even if it is containers, temporary containers so that we have additional space. We run out of space, some funerals have to be postponed because we don’t have space.”
Credit: SABC
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