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African cemeteries see huge spikes in COVID-19 burials

ABUJA, Nigeria – Since start of year, Zimbabwe’s oldest cemetery has been extremely busy. Gravediggers are to dig more than a dozen graves daily at Warren Hills Cemetery in capital, Harare, as death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise at an alarming rate.

of daily graves at cemetery has almost quadrupled since start of 2021,” Stephen Bwalya, a commercial taxi driver who lives near cemetery, told Daily Beast. “Most of the victims died from the coronavirus.”

Over past two months, Zimbabwe has seen a drastic increase in of coronavirus infections and deaths. Around 35,000 cases and over 1,300 deaths have so far been confirmed – a huge spike from the 14,000 infections and 369 deaths recorded on New Year’s Day.

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