Belgian Undertaker Buries Almost Only COVID Victims As Second Wave Hits The Country
In a small town south of Brussels, funeral director Stephane Geeurickx says almost all the dead he has buried in the last weeks died of COVID19, which was not the case when the pandemic first took hold.
- Last Updated: November 10, 2020, 23:12 IST
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Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont, Belgium: In a small town south of Brussels, funeral director Stephane Geeurickx says almost all the dead he has buried in the last weeks died of COVID-19, which was not the case when the pandemic first took hold.
Belgium, a country of 11 million, is in the grip of the second wave of the virus and has one of the world’s highest COVID-19 mortality rates. It has also seen one of Europe’s sharpest jumps in cases this autumn.
But now almost all the funerals he organises are for those who contracted the virus.
Standing in front of brown and white wooden coffins, Geeurickx said none of the eight employees of the funeral home founded by his parents in the 1980s, had asked to stop working during the pandemic or had become infected.
He said the funeral home applies full protective measures when handling the bodies of COVID victims. However, when conducting funerals, they are sensitive to relatives’ needs and do allow families to hug and be close to each other.
Belgium has imposed social restrictions and closed non-essential shops and services until Dec 1 to try and curb the spread of the virus.
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