Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s funeral parlours are struggling to cope due to the big spike in coronavirus cases in the city.
Over 1,600 people have died from COVID-19 in the metro since the pandemic started.
The bodies are piling up, contributing to mortuaries’ overall workload.We are doing plus-minus 220 funerals per week,” said Thabo Msizi.
“The busiest day is Saturday. We are having about 74 funerals, its a strain.
Workers at funeral parlours have to stare the virus in the face every day and it’s putting a lot of pressure on them. Once the job is done, staff go home exhausted, not knowing whether they may be next to contract COVID-19.
Nelson Mandela Bay has officially been declared a hotspot, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced tough new restrictions here to curb the spread of the virus.