Hundreds of tombs were dug up in Brazil’s largest cemetery and quickly filled with bodies, though it is not known if he died of Covid-19.
Dos Santos lived with his son until March 29, when he was hospitalized because of a serious respiratory problem. Like many people who are gradually filling in dug tombs in Brazil’s largest cemetery, his son died before the corona virus test result, Reuters said.
“I thought I was infected,” Dos told Reuters. The cemetery in Vila Formosa, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, where 1.5 million tombs are located, now new graves are dug up with corpses of the dead, although it is not possible to know if they died of corona virus. .
The burial of the body must be completed in 10 minutes, according to new guidelines to limit the crowds and the risk of spreading the virus.
Tomb diggers in Vila Formosa are working tirelessly, as their workload nearly doubles with the 60 bodies that need to be buried every day. Workers believe the corona virus is silently killing more people than official statistics.
“Normally it takes 3 months to close, but it only takes a day,” a worker said, pointing to the new grave to be covered with new soil. Five grave diggers told Reuters the death toll had increased a lot before the corona virus test result.
These cases were not immediately included in the official Brazilian statistics. On April 2, the Brazilian Health Agency confirmed 300 deaths out of 7,910 cases of Covid-19 in the country, the hardest hit country in Latin America.
“The numbers in the newspaper are very wrong, the actual number could be double, even triple,” the grave digger said.
Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Wednesday, acknowledged that some cases of Covid-19 infection may not have been reported due to laboratory delays. Sao Paulo’s funeral service agency, which oversees the Vila Formosa cemetery, did not immediately respond to a request for comment and did not answer questions about the number of people buried in recent days.
The bodies of those who were transferred here whether confirmed to be Covid-19 or not were all wrapped in plastic bags, burials dressed in protective clothing and no rituals were performed.
Cremation is not common in Brazil, where there is a Catholic tradition. The city of Sao Paulo operates 22 cemeteries, but only one crematorium.
Small crowds still gathered around Vila Formosa on April 2, many wondering if their loved ones had to die from Covid-19 or spreading their disease to them. At one time, six graves were buried simultaneously in a short vertical line of newly excavated graves.
Joao Batista Gomes, a cemetery union leader, said that is why our union supports the cancellation of all funerals to prevent infection.