The Italian metropolis of Bergamo, one of many worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak, is having to transport its useless out of the town as its crematorium is struggling to cope.
Army autos have been introduced in to transfer dozens of coffins from Bergamo to different areas, in accordance to Ansa information company.
The mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori, mentioned the true variety of associated deaths could possibly be larger as many individuals with COVID-19 signs had died earlier than being examined.
“The crematorium of Bergamo, working at full capacity, 24 hours a day, can cremate 25 dead”, mentioned a spokesperson for the native authority.
“It is clear that it could not stand up to the numbers of the past few days.”
Coffins at the moment are being taken to crematoriums in Modena, Acqui Terme, Domodossola, Parma, Piacenza and several other different cities.
Once the our bodies have been cremated, the ashes can be introduced again to Bergamo.
Reuters journalists witnessed two funerals per hour, over a interval of six hours, on Monday.
Many of the deceased had been unable to have funerals because the demand is just too excessive, and as a substitute they had been taken to a chapel inside a church inside the cemetery.
Coffins have already crammed up two hospital mortuaries and a cemetery morgue.
Relatives have been allowed to enter the cemetery to pay their respects, however solely in restricted numbers and with the advisable quantity of distance between one another to stop the unfold of the virus.
Meanwhile, the native newspaper’s each day obituary part has elevated from two or three pages to 10.
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Earlier this month, a health care provider working in a Bergamo hospital issued a stark warning that the “message of the danger of what is happening” was not reaching folks.
In a Facebook submit, Dr Daniele Macchini mentioned: “The situation is now nothing short of dramatic. No other words come to mind.
“The warfare has actually exploded and the battles are uninterrupted day and night time.”
Italy is the hardest-hit nation outside China, with Lombardy its worst-affected region.
The country has been on total lockdown since 9 March, yet experts say the peak of the spread in Italy may not arrive until mid-April in the north.
There has been a glimmer of hope in the small town of Vo, where there has been a trial of blanket testing and imposing strict quarantines on those infected and their contacts.
The mayor of Vo, near Venice, said the town of 3,300 residents had not registered any new cases since Friday.
“Testing was very important, it has saved many lives,” mayor Giuliano Martini was quoted by the nation’s media.