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Brazil faces shortage of gravesites as COVID-19 deaths continue to soar

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Brazil has detected its first case of the more transmissible South Africa variant in its country as it continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported a single-day record of 4,195 deaths, followed by another 3,829 fatalities on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, Sao Paulo was reportedly planning to open some 600 new graves per day, well beyond the record of 426 burials in a day on March 30.

The local government also plans to construct a vertical cemetery. It’s a crypt of 26,000 drawer-like graves that can be built in 90 days once approved.

Scientists fear that the presence of the new variant will worsen the situation.

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