Families of Covid-19 victims at the Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium, New Delhi, India, on April 13.  Photo: Reuters.

Indian crematorium melt because it operates at full capacity

Metal parts of the crematorium in the state of Gujarat, India, melted after non-stop operation amid the outbreak of Covid-19.

“We are working around the clock, at 100% capacity to cremate bodies in time,” said Kamlesh Sailor, president of the Kurukshetra Crematorium Trust in Surat City, Gujarat State, western India. Degrees, said today.

This crematorium, along with another in Surat called Umra, burned more than 100 bodies a day according to a CoV-infected procedure last week, far higher than the number of Covid-19 deaths per day. in Surat, announced by the government, about 25 people.

Gas and wood cremators operate so continuously that the metal parts begin to melt.

Families of Covid-19 victims at the Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium, New Delhi, India, on April 13. Image: Reuters.

Prashant Kabrawala, the Narayan trust fund employee responsible for the Ashwinikumar crematorium also in Surat, declined to disclose the number of bodies they cremated under the Covid-19 procedure, but said the workload had increased. three times in recent weeks. Gujarat state government spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

India is suffering from a very bad Covid-19 outbreak. The number of new infections on April 19 continued to hit a record 273,810, while 1,619 died. The second largest epidemic zone in the world currently records more than 15.3 million cases and more than 180,000 deaths.

Hospitals were full, and at the same time deprived of oxygen and medicine in an already deteriorating health system. Several other major cities have also reported that the number of bodies required to be buried and cremated according to Covid-19 patient procedures is much greater than the number of deaths the government has announced.

Officials explained that the discrepancy between the figures could be caused by many factors, including the overly prudent process of handling the body. “Even with a 0.1% chance of the dead being infected with nCoV,” cremation for people infected with the virus still applies, a senior health official said.

“In many cases, patients were hospitalized in critical condition and died before nCoV testing, or fatal illnesses that arrived without us knowing whether to be positive or not.” The official said.

However, Bhramar Mukherjee, professor of biological statistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan in the US, said that many parts of India are in a state of “not admitting the facts”. “Everything is too vague. It feels like no one really understands this situation,” the expert said.

Luster (According to the CNN)


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