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Wed Apr 22, 2020, 07:47 PM

Burials Triple, and Manaus Cemetery Opens Mass Graves for Coronavirus Victims

Number of daily burials went from 30 to over 100; Amazon's health system collapsed
Apr.22.2020 2:27PM

Ana Luiza Albuquerque
Facing the collapse of the Amazonas health system and an explosion in the number of burials, the largest cemetery in Manaus had to open mass graves to bury victims of the novel coronavirus.

Before the pandemic, officials at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery buried about 30 bodies daily. In the past few days, there have been over a hundred burials daily.

In the mass graves, called trenches by the city hall, several coffins are buried next to each other. The agency affirms that this methodology preserves the bodies' identity, while allowing distance between the coffins and the identification of the graves.

In addition to opening mass graves, the Manaus City Hall installed two cold rooms in the cemetery to protect the bodies before the burial.


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