Virus breaks funeral traditions in Italy

first_img“It is much more difficult, emotionally,” Revello’s funeral parlor owner Gianpiero Palmero told AFP.Large funerals have been banned in Italy for more than a month because of the new illness that has officially killed more than 26,000 people in the Mediterranean country since February.The real toll is unknown since many of those who pass away in old age are never tested for the virus.The rushed funeral arrangements mean grieving families have almost no time to say their final goodbyes. Palmero takes it personally.”We really are living in abnormal times,” Palmero says. “There is more demand for our services.”Italy is cautiously approaching the moment when it is ready to lift some of its harshest restrictions on everyday life.People might be allowed to walk the streets freely starting on May 4.Mores stores and churches will probably reopen.And weddings and funerals might soon again involve more than just the pastor and immediate family members.But Italy is not there yet — and Palmero still collects his bodies at the hospital in nearby Saluzzo.”The bodies are already wrapped in a shroud,” he explains. “We put the body in the coffin and seal it immediately.”Social distancing measures are even observed at the crematorium. Only one person is allowed inside at a time.Not catching or spreading the virus is the overriding consideration in Palmero’s business.”There are no more real funerals,” he laments. The coffins are sealed directly at the hospital morgue near the tiny Italian town of Revello on the French border.Everyone in Revello understands it is safer that way since so many of those who have died across Italy’s pandemic-hit north first contracted the novel coronavirus.The tradition of families passing by open caskets to say silent farewells to the deceased at churches or at funeral parlours has been abandoned.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Harris tells Iowans it’s time to write a new chapter

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris says President Trump a “predator” who is testing the “noble ideals” on which America was founded.“This day that we celebrate our independence is a day to reflect on the fact that, one, our framers imagined a moment like this…where our democracy would be challenged,” Harris said this afternoon.Harris has returned to the Iowa campaign trail this holiday week buoyed by a strong performance in the opening round of debates among the Democratic candidates. During her first public remarks in Iowa this week, Harris again presented herself as a prosecutor who can take President Trump to task for trying to “roll back the clock” in America.“We cannot turn back the page any longer,” Harris said at a picnic hosted by West Des Moines Democrats. “We’re ready to write a new chapter.”Harris told reporters afterwards she’s expanded her paid staff in Iowa, with 65 now on the payroll here.“The fact that we are seeing momentum grow across the country is something that I’m very proud of. We have a great team here on the ground in Iowa and across the country,” Harris said, “and so progress is good.”Harris is among nine Democratic presidential candidates who will set foot in Iowa this week. President Trump is scheduled to speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Harris questions that decision.“I don’t think he understands this is America’s birthday, not his birthday,” Harris told reporters.Harris suggested Trump would better spend the day thinking about how to avoid military conflict rather than showcasing the weapons of war in a D.C. spectacle.“This president, seemingly without much reflection or thought, is prepared to send our troops to various places around the world, based on his unilateral actions and decisions about our relationships with various countries, including most recently Iran,” Harris said.Harris campaigned Thursday in Indianola and Council Bluffs. today, she’ll hold a town hall meeting at a church in Sioux City.last_img read more

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Up The League – Saturday, August 22

first_imgJoin Geoff Peters for all the latest Football League news as he looks ahead to another action-packed weekend.Coventry captain Sam Ricketts tells us about their good start to the season, Crawley boss Mark Yates on the ambitions for the League 2 club and ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Neil Maddison talks up thier promotion hopes.last_img

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