Traditionally, on November 1, when the Christian calendar marks All Saints’ Day, Spanish families visit the graves of deceased relatives. On Sunday, Madrid residents who visited the Carabanchel cemetery in the south of the Spanish capital did not meet the usual solemn atmosphere for such visits, but were greeted by dozens of employees of the municipal funeral services company protesting against the management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the authorities. local.
The municipal funeral home would need at least another 15-20 employees to cope with the death toll caused by the second wave of the pandemic that is hitting Spain more and more violently. At least that is the conclusion drawn by Manuel Carmona, the leader of the workers’ council of the municipal company. The main goal, according to him, is to avoid the “improvisation” that took place during the first wave of the pandemic, reports the Spanish publication The Local, which quotes AFP.
In the darkest days of late March and early April, the burial of people who died as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection lasted up to five to six days, and cremations were carried out in cities even hundreds of miles away. kilometers away from Marid after the crematoria in the capital reached their maximum capacity. The situation was so serious that the skating rink in Madrid was used as a morgue for the victims of COVID-19.
“We do not want to be complicit in this irresponsibility,” Carmona added.
The municipal funeral services company in Madrid manages 14 cemeteries, two morgues and two crematoria, and currently has 478 employees. A similar strike was organized in September by the company’s employees.
Spain recorded a record number of new infections on Friday – no fewer than 25,595 Spaniards tested positive – and 239 deaths caused by COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Spain has recorded more than 1.1 million cases and about 35,800 deaths, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University, quoted by BBC.
The increase in the number of cases comes despite restrictions imposed across the country.