A CREMATORIUM IN NORTHERN ITALY IS RUNNING OUT OF SPACE

RAVICHANDRAN A/L RAJAMANICKAM

PIACENZA (Italy), March 23 (Bernama) -- The crematory oven at Cremona (a city in Italy's Lombardy region) has broken down and about 100 coffins are piled up in the 'farewell room', Ansa News Agency (ANSA) quoted the Libertà daily as saying on Monday.

Some 314 people have died in the city since the start of the coronavirus crisis but the crematorium can handle only 12-13 cremations a day at full capacity, while some 20-25 coffins are arriving every day, the daily said.

"Unless we are given the exemptions we have asked for we risk collapse," said the crematorium's managers.

Meanwhile, ANSA also reported that some 53 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Milan Sunday night to help out with the coronavirus crisis.

"In my view, only Ebola was more serious than this coronavirus," Leonardo Fernandez told ANSA over the phone soon after he took up his post at a field hospital at Crema in Lombardy.

-- BERNAMA