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Monday 1 June 2020

Queue to Cremate Coronavirus Dead in New Delhi

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) — A queue of ambulances formed outside the main crematorium in India’s capital New Delhi on Monday, as the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus continues to rise.

Cases in the country crossed 190,000, the health ministry said on Monday, overtaking France to become seventh highest in the world, as the government eases back on most curbs after a two-month lockdown that left millions without work. There have been more than 5,000 deaths.

At Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River, relatives and staff said a shortage of medical professionals trained in handling the bodies of victims was leading to delays.

The Hindustan Times reported on May 28 the crematorium had to send eight bodies back to a hospital after several of its electric furnaces failed. It has since moved to traditional wooden pyres and is now handling around 20 cases a day, officials said on Monday.

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