The alarms went off when Chile recorded 2,660 infections in a single day on Wednesday. "So far, about 1,000 graves have been set up," the general cemetery director Rashid Saud said.
Although the cemetery clears unclaimed graves every year, it is the first time this work has been done at such an early date. "The gravediggers have cleared some 1,700 graves in yards 134 and 136," the Municipal Cemetery Workers Federation president Luis Yevenes said.
The decision to clear graves in Santiago's cemetery is to avoid having people die on the streets or in trucks, a scenario experienced in other Latin American countries..