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  • South Africa: Funeral parlors under huge pressure due to Covid-19 deaths

    Source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/na...vid-19-deaths/

    SA’s funeral parlours under huge pressure due to Covid-19 deaths
    Monageng Legae says he handled 85 funerals in June and 75 in July, compared with 30 a month this time in 2019
    06 August 2020 - 12:30 Agency Staff

    Behind Monageng Legae's funeral parlour in Soweto sits a refrigerated shipping container made to store chilled goods. Now it stores bodies.

    Funeral businesses such as Legae's Sopema Funerals have taken such measures to cope with the influx of bodies into their morgues as the number of SA’s coronavirus cases rise above 500,000, with deaths at about 9,000.

    Surrounded by coffins in his showroom and wearing a protective mask and visor, Legae told Reuters that he handled 85 funerals in June and 75 in July, compared with 30 a month this time in 2019.

    The cost of the container, along with outlays on a temporary outdoor waiting area, more staff and an additional night shift, has helped wipe out additional revenues...
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