Brazil’s gravediggers exhume bodies to make space for Covid victims

As cemeteries run out of space, World Health Organization experts warn multiple states in ‘critical condition’

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The Brazilian city of São Paulo has sped up efforts to empty old graves to make room for a soaring number of Covid deaths as the sprawling metropolis registered record daily burials this week.

As the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic has put a number of Brazilian states in “critical condition”, gravediggers worked on Thursday to open the tombs of people buried years ago, bagging decomposed remains for removal to another location.

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