Brazil has recorded more than 140,000 deaths from COVID-19 and seven months after its first reported case, the country is showing no signs of stopping the disease.
The country has registered more than 4.6 million confirmed cases so far.
At Novo Iguacu’s funeral, the family of 78-year-old Selma Maria Pedrito gathered to pay tribute to the matriarch who died just two days ago from the virus.
They are joined by tens of thousands of Brazilian families who mourn their loss during the pandemic.
“It is very sad, not only for Brazil, but for the world. The number of people who have died cruel deaths, with their families unable to even say a proper goodbye,” said Selma’s son, 57-year-old Luis Mariano, mourning his grave. .
The pandemic is showing little sign of abating with infection rates steadily increasing in many countries, including Brazil.
A cellar specially built to house the dead has been built at the Sao Francisco Xavier Cemetery, where hundreds of coronavirus victims have been buried.
Earlier this month, a 3 tonne monument was dedicated at the cemetery where many of Rio de Janeiro’s COVID-19 victims are buried.
The Infinity Memorial, a 39-meter (128-foot) long corrugated steel band, was erected to pay tribute to those who died from the coronavirus and to give families a symbol of their loss in one of Brazil’s worst-hit cities.
The memorial was designed by Brazilian architect Crisa Santos, who had the idea to build work at the height of the pandemic after visiting several cemeteries in the country.
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