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Grim crematorium workloads

National News // Nov. 17, 2020

The grim reality of the pandemic in French speaking Switzerland is reflected by funeral workers.

Pixabay Grim crematorium workloads

In the City of Geneva, the three crematorium ovens are working at capacity, carrying out 18 cremations a day.

Despite that, there’s a backlog and funeral directors are transferring some bodies to hospital mortuaries for storage – a very unusual move. Hospitals normally only store bodies of those who’ve died on their premises.

One undertaker in Geneva says it’s the busiest his company has been for 50 years. Normally he has three services a day – currently it’s 7.

At a private crematorium in Fribourg, managers say their ovens are working 21 hours a day – including weekends. They’re turning down requests from other cantons for further cremations.



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