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Doves Recalled Staff From Christmas Holidays As Deaths Soar – Report

Local funeral company Doves has said they had to recall their workers from their Christmas holidays so that they can make more coffins as dead bodies at the undertaker’s doorstep soared, Bloomberg reports.

According to the publication, Doves General Manager for Operations Nyasha Matsika said daily funerals at their main branch surged to 21 per day:

Doves had to recall its staff from their Christmas holiday to produce more caskets and coffins as the number of daily funerals tripled to 21 at its main branch in Harare. At the beginning of the year, it was confident that stocks would last until April.

Matsika reportedly also spoke about how families are sending off their loved ones following the government’s restriction on the movement of dead bodies and so forth and said:

Families are hiring luxury hearses such as the Mercedes Pilato to ferry the corpses of relatives. The funerals being carried out are not normal, it’s the only fitting sendoff for their loved ones.

According to the publication, undertakers, funeral homes, and hospitals are all overwhelmed by the number of patients and dead bodies they are received at any given time. The situation has reportedly been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 400 people since the turn of the new year.

More: Bloomberg

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