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Philippines:Island of Panay Overwhelmed by Number of Covid Deaths

Authorities on one of the Philippines’ major islands says they need help dealing with their coronavirus dead after the only crematorium temporarily stopped accepting more victims after being overwhelmed by bodies.

Government and health officials on Panay island in the Visayas region said the number of bodies needing to be buried has risen sharply since the crematorium said it couldn’t cope with the numbers on Aug. 3.

“Covid casualties are cremated within 24 hours, according to health protocols, to prevent further spread of the virus. Now we have a problem because the only crematorium here on the island has refused to accept the dead,” Iloilo City mayor Jerry Trenas told reporters on Aug. 4.

Source: UCANews

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