Occupiers seek ways to empty overloaded morgues in Crimea amid increase in coronavirus deaths

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
27 October 2021, 15:16
Canan Kevser
27 October 2021, 15:16

In Russia-occupied Crimea, morgues can no longer handle the inflow of dead bodies due to an increase in mortality among COVID-19 patients.

The so-called regional Minister of Health Konstantin Skorupsky announced this on Monday.

The occupation authorities acknowledged that the morgue departments, including forensic and anatomic ones, are insufficient.

Skorupsky alleged that the ministry intends to purchase modular refrigerators to help the morgues and "keep the bodies in more or less proper condition."

He also admitted that the so-called local authorities received numerous complaints from residents. According to him, the residents find bodies of their deceased relatives in poor condition when receiving from morgues for burial. In particular, he said, residents of the city of Simferopol reported such complaints.

Some 92,652 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Crimea since the beginning of the pandemic; 2,894 patients have died. In October alone, the daily record for the number of new cases of the coronavirus disease was updated 23 times according to the data provided by Crimea's occupation authorities.

However, human rights groups repeatedly unveiled that Russian authorities conceal accurate data of COVID-19 cases and death tolls in Crimea.