São Paulo exhumes old graves to make space for surging Covid-19 burials

Gravediggers in the Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery worked in white hazmat suits to open the tombs of people buried years ago, bagging decomposed remains for removal to another location.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s biggest city on Thursday, April 1, sped up efforts to empty old graves, making room for a soaring number of Covid-19 deaths as the city of São Paulo registered record daily burials this week.

Gravediggers in the Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery in the city’s northern reaches worked in white hazmat suits to open the tombs of people buried years ago, bagging decomposed remains for removal to another location.

Relocating remains is standard practice in cemetery operations, said the municipal secretary responsible for funeral services. But it has taken on renewed urgency . . .

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