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In Mexico City, the dead usually lay peacefully for decades in public cemeteries. Now, laws limiting burial rights – specifically the length of time a body can be buried – are being enforced around parts of the country because cemeteries are running out of room for the dead.
It’s a widespread issue related to the coronavirus pandemic and is complicated by an overcrowded system, according to photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, who has been covering the pandemic in Mexico and spoke to CBSN from Mexico City.
A woman kisses the coffin of a relative on June 24th in Valle de Chalco, #Mexico. More than 300 graves have been dug at the San Miguel Xico cemetery, most of them for confirmed or suspected victims of #coronavirus. #COVID19 📷: @manuelonvf pic.twitter.com/lQarGwBDQa
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) June 25, 2020
The article goes on to state the following:
He said municipal cemeteries are exhuming bodies in order to make room for the recently deceased.
“There are no longer spaces to not only accommodate people who are dying from natural causes or violence or cancer or whatever it might be in a regular time,” Alpeyrie said.
“They’re cremating here on an industrial scale, and the bodies don’t stop coming”
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) May 13, 2020
Now, coronavirus it adding “an extra layer, which stretches the system to its limits,” he added.
“The number of dead is putting a great deal of strain on already overcrowded funeral homes and cemeteries,” CBS News captioned the following video. “Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie is in Mexico to cover the crisis and spoke with CBSN about what he’s seen.”
“Mexico now has the 7th deadliest #Covid19 outbreak worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University,” Bloomberg reports.
Mexico now has the 7th deadliest #Covid19 outbreak worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 7, 2020
Bodies are being exhumed in Mexico to make room for coronavirus deaths https://t.co/cKSc0BV0WI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 11, 2020
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