Authorities in Sao Paulo in Brazil are emptying old graves to make a room for the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths.
Gravediggers from Vila Nova Cachoeirinha cemetery are opening the tombs of people buried years ago and are removing the now decomposed remains for removal and relocation.
The municipal secretary responsible for funeral services said that relocating the remains was standard protocol in cemetery operations, but has taken on new urgency as Brazil suffers its worse COVID-19 wave.
Chile has also closed its borders to all foreigners on Thursday.
“What is happening in Brazil is a global menace,” secretary of Chile’s National Medical Association José Miguel Bernucci said.
“Closing the borders won’t help us so much with the variants that we already have here, but with the new variants that can continue to be created,” he added.
Brazil’s Health Ministry has reported 3,769 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, narrowly missing a daily record for a third straight day.
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