Funeral directors in Spain demand more staff amid COVID-19 deaths

Funeral directors in Spain have gone on strike demanding more workers as deaths from the coronavirus continue to rise.

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The BBC reports.

Unions say more employees are needed to prevent the delay in burials seen during the first wave of the pandemic in March.

Funeral directors across Spain took part in a Sunday strike that began on All Saints’ Day when families routinely visit the graves of loved ones.

One funeral home in Madrid said it needed 15-20 more staff to cope with the rise in deaths.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 239 coronavirus-related deaths in the country on Friday.

In March, funerals were delayed by about a week, and cremations took place in cities hundreds of miles away because funeral parlors could not cope.

More than 1.1 million cases and 35,800 deaths have been reported in Spain since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.

We will remind, in Spain at the weekend were held protests against quarantine bans, which escalated into clashes with the police.

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