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Voice of America 12 Jan 2021

Cemetery Crisis in Greece Amid Virus Surge


Even after death, the families of COVID-19 victims suffer isolation in Thessaloniki, the city in Greece worst affected by the pandemic.

Under rules set by city authorities, coronavirus victims are being buried separately from their loved ones in a designated section of the cemetery.

Greece recorded a pandemic setback in late October when eight-months of low infection rates abruptly ended and hospital wards were pushed to capacity.

Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city along with neighboring areas in the north of the country, bore the brunt of the surge, for weeks reporting a higher daily number of infections than the capital Athens, despite having roughly a quarter of the size of its population.


Portland, Oregon recently assembled individual shelters for those experiencing homelessness as part of an effort unfolding in cities nationwide to keep people without permanent homes safe as temperatures drop and coronavirus cases surge. (Dec. 18)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday most of the state will likely be under a new stay-at-home order within a day or two. Newsom said the new rules will trigger when a region's intensive care unit capacity falls below 15%. (Dec. 3)
The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. (Jan. 14)
As families are barred from visiting loved ones in hospitals to curb the spread of COVID-19, chaplains often are there to act as surrogates, holding the hands of the dying, praying with them and providing a connection with grieving loved ones. (Jan. 19)

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