In the Brazilian city of Manaus, the capital of the northwestern state of Amazonas, excavators are digging mass graves, which are later filled with several coffins by cemetery workers, according to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil.
The city is handling more than 100 burials a day due to coronavirus, according to the office of Manaus Mayor Arthur Virgilio Neto. Before the spread of the disease, the average was 30 burials a day.
The department responsible for burials in the city started to dig trenches to carry out the burials of Covid-19 victims.
This practice is used by other countries and preserves the identities of the bodies, with distance between the coffins and the respective identifications.
"The measure was necessary to meet the demand for burials in the capital," Virgilio Neto's office said in a statement.
In an interview with CNN Brasil Tuesday evening, Virgilio Neto said the health system is no longer able to serve those who need treatment and people have started to die at home.
"Although we are living in such a critical situation, probably the most serious in Brazil, we have not received any help from the federal government to expand our specialized medical care at the city’s field hospital," he said.