The severity of Covid-19 crisis in India has made Mumbai gravediggers to work 24 hours in a week as the casualties in the country increases.
The increase in the number of death has also made Mumbai gravediggers put their personal protective equipment and gloves aside.
One of the grave diggers Sayyed Munir Kamruddin, who made comments about protection when burying dead bodies of Covid-19 patients, said, “I’m not scared of COVID, I have worked with courage. It’s all about courage, not about fear,”
Interestingly, the 52-year-old has been digging graves in the mega city for 25 years.
According to health ministry data, India is in the midst of a vicious second wave of coronavirus infections that on Thursday saw the pandemic’s deadliest day with 3,645 deaths and 379,257 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
For the past week, at least 300,000 people have tested positive each day, taking India’s total caseload past 18 million.
The increase in the cases has affected the healthcare system of the country negatively. Crematoriums and graveyards are not excluded.
At the moment, the routine in New Delhi has become a situation where by ambulances will be taking the bodies of COVID-19 victims to makeshift crematoriums in parks and parking lots, where bodies are burned on rows and rows of funeral pyres.