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Spain’s Mortuary Workers Endure The Daily March Of Death

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Wearing protective suits to prevent infection, mortuary workers prepare the body of an elderly person who died of COVID-19 before removing it from a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. After successfully bringing the daily death count down from over 900 in March to single digits by July, Spain has seen a steady uptick that brought deaths back to over 200 a day this month. With that relapse, the body collectors have returned to making the rounds of hospitals, homes and care facilities. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

(AP) — Marina Gómez and her fellow mortuary workers form part of Spain’s rarely seen front line in the fight against COVID-19. Spain successfully brought the daily death count down from over 900 in March to single digits by July. Now, however, Spain has seen a steady uptick that has brought virus deaths back to over 200 a day this month. With that relapse, mortuary workers have returned to making the rounds of hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Like doctors and nurses, they are part of a group of essential workers who see and touch the daily march of death amid the worst public health crisis in over a century.

 

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