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170 cremations in a week. Crematorium in north Italy reaching overload

A crematorium in Valenza in northern Italy described the tragic overload their facility is currently experiencing as it becomes overwhelmed with the sheer amount of coffins arriving during the corona virus crisis.

"We have reached the point where we are doing between 160 and 170 cremations per week," said a crematorium employee on Saturday.

At the speed of 170 cremations per week, the ovens would have to be working almost non-stop, which may lead to over-heating if the situation worsens.

"Regarding hours, doing a double shift we start between 5.30 and 6.00 am and we go on until 3.00 am," he went on to say. The footage highlights the tight working space available due to the number of coffins arriving.

"Because of lack of space we have been obliged to leave some coffins on the terrace floor," the employee explained. "It makes my heart bleed but we don't have another choice," he proclaimed. Italy has been Europe's worst-hit country by the COVID-19 outbreak with over 53,000 confirmed cases and 4,825 deaths thus far. Video ID: 20200322-003 Video on Demand:



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