By Oisin Sweeney • 19 December 2020 • 10:16
ITALY AND GERMANY have been forced to begin storing Covid-19 victims in shipping containers as cases and deaths soar across both countries.
A hospital in the northern Italian city of Legnago, near Verona, confirmed they had been forced to begin using containers to store coronavirus victims as did a German cemetery in Hanau, near Frankfurt.
Italy and Germany were previously praised for their containment of Covid’s second wave, but have now seen rocketing cases that have made them some of the world’s worst-affected countries.
A spokesperson for Legnago hospital told the Independent that they had been forced to store bodies in “a temporary container to front a moment of enormous emergency”, adding that the measure was the best way “to give dignity and decency to their rest while waiting for a funeral”.
The Hanau cemetery confirmed that they have stored two bodies in a container that can house 25 due to Germany’s surge in cases. On December 3rd, the country recorded nearly 479 deaths in a single day. Germany now has over 1.4 million active cases.
On Wednesday, Italy overtook Britain as having Europe’s highest Covid death toll with 67,984 recorded since the start of the pandemic. Italian and German governments recently announced national lockdowns to attempt and curb the enormous surge in cases.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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