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At the height of the pandemic, the Archdiocese of Bucharest provided temples to be used as morgues

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The press service of the Archdiocese of Bucharest said that in response to the request for help from hospitals with covid-wards provided chapels in the immediate vicinity, as well as cemeteries and burial chapels of nearby parishes for the needs of hospital morgues, where temporary storage of the bodies of the dead have become insufficient.

The church expresses its solidarity with hospitals and authorities facing the worst situation caused by the pandemic so far, and appreciates the efforts of doctors and all medical staff who are fighting to save the lives of seriously ill patients, the statement said.

The country is facing a health catastrophe with nearly 20,000 new infections and more than 500 deaths a day in official statistics. Romania is among the countries with the highest coronavirus mortality in the world and only 30% vaccinated. A number of European countries have expressed their willingness to help: Italy and Denmark – with medical staff, France – with medicines for patients in intensive care units, and Hungary and Poland – to receive patients.

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