Bolivia Funeral Homes, Cemeteries Overwhelmed as COVID-19 Deaths Mount

Health experts in Bolivia estimate January was the second deadliest month since the pandemic began.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Corpses in Bolivia have begun to pile up as a fierce second wave of the coronavirus has overwhelmed funeral homes and cemeteries, according to officials, stoking fears the growing backlog could become yet another focal point of infection.

The bodies of the dead, wrapped in impromptu Andean alpaca wool blankets and blue plastic bags or even packed into suitcases have inundated funeral parlors in the capital La Paz, the hardest hit region of the Andean nation.

Jorge Silva, Bolivia’s vice-minister of consumer protection, said authorities have found corpses strewn on the floors of garages . . .

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