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Grave picture of virus fallout in SA emerges

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With the Covid-19 death toll steadily increasing, the possibility of mass graves for victims has become apparent – a move welcomed by the South African Cemeteries Association.


27 May 2020
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Grave picture of virus fallout in SA emerges

Picture for illustration. A view shows dozens of freshly dug graves at a cemetery in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro on April 7, 2020. Picture: Stanislav VEDMID / AFP

As SA’s Covid-19 death toll continues to rise and with the latest projections and modelling forecasting more than 40,000 deaths by November, municipalities have been told to identify potential mass grave sites. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday gazetted new directions which outlined how the remains of people who had died of Covid-19 must be handled and how their funerals and burials or cremations must be conducted. “Metropolitan and district municipalities should ensure that they identify areas that may be utilised for mass burial should the need arise,” the directions read. “Should the death rate appear to exceed the capacity...

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