At Vila Formosa, Latin America’s biggest cemetery, mourning loved ones has become somewhat fraught.
Families are strictly limited to an hour with the coffin in the chapel of rest and no more than 10 people are allowed in. All in the name of curbing the spread of Covid-19.
For gravediggers and undertakers, the rules have become even tighter. When they prepare a burial, they’re handed a piece of paper – on the top right, there’s a code. D3 means a suspected or confirmed coronavirus death. It also means they have to wear full protective suits, masks and gloves.
Workers at Vila Formosa, in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, say they’re turning over more graves than normal. On an average day, they bury about 40 bodies at the