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Sun Aug 2, 2020, 06:23 PM

Colombia's capital running out of capacity to cremate deceased COVID-19 patients

by Adriaan Alsema August 2, 2020

Colombia’s capital has provided refrigeration containers to cemeteries that can barely keep up with the cremation of deceased COVID-19 patients, according to Bogota‘s health secretary.

The city has been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and is entering the weeks that have been projected as the peak of the pandemic.

Dealing with mass death

Seven of the city’s public cemeteries have the total capacity to cremate approximately 100 people a day, Health Secretary Alejandro Gomez told press on Friday.

This number was exceeded by COVID-19 deaths alone several times over the past week with a record number of 141 reported on Thursday.


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