Mass grave for thousands of Brazil coronavirus victims seen in chilling aerial picture as ‘worst is yet to come’

GRAVEDIGGERS in Brazil are working 12-hour shifts in a race to keep up with the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.

The revelations come as chilling aerial images emerged of mass burial sites being prepared at the biggest cemetery in Latin America.

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 Thousands of graves have been dug at the Vila Formosa cemetery near Sao Paulo

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Thousands of graves have been dug at the Vila Formosa cemetery near Sao PauloCredit: AFP or licensors

The images show line upon line of empty graves waiting to be filled at the Vila Formosa Cemetery on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

They emerged just 48 hours after Brazil registered a record 1,179 coronavirus deaths in just 24 hours.

The hard-hit country’s previous highest daily toll was 881 which was recorded on May 12.

Earlier this week it was revealed it had overtaken Spain and Italy to become the fourth worst hit country in the world.

And worried health official were quick to warn things are only going to get a lot worse.

Brazil has so far recorded 319,069 cases of coronavirus and 20,541 deaths.

 Gravediggers are working 12-hour shifts in a race to keep up with the death toll

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Gravediggers are working 12-hour shifts in a race to keep up with the death tollCredit: AFP or licensors
 Brazil has so far recorded 319,069 cases of coronavirus and 20,541 deaths

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Brazil has so far recorded 319,069 cases of coronavirus and 20,541 deathsCredit: AFP or licensors

However experts fear the real figures could be much higher due to the widespread lack of testing.

And Domingo Alves from the University of São Paulo Medical School estimates the real number of infections is 15 times the official figure.

Despite the worrying claims, President Jair Bolsonaro has scoffed at the seriousness of the virus calling it “light flu.”

And he has actively campaigned against state governors attempts to impose limits on citizens movements and commerce.

Bolsonaro even fired his first health minister for siding against him in backing governors stay-at-home recommendations.

He has also begun advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug touted by President Trump as a possible treatment for coronavirus.

 Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro faces mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak

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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro faces mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus outbreakCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Brazil's hospital have been deluged with coronavius patients

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Brazil’s hospital have been deluged with coronavius patientsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

On Thursday, opposition lawmakers and other detractors protested in front of Congress in the capital, Brasilia.

They called for Bolsonaro’s impeachment accusing him of criminal mishandling the virus response.

Two of them displayed a Brazilian flag, defaced with hundreds of tiny black crosses to represent the dead.

They are the deaths which are keeping the grave-digging crew at Vila Formosa busy.

“We’ve been working 12-hour days, burying them one after the other. It doesn’t stop,” said one.

However, as other hard-hit countries begin easing lockdowns Brazil is still bracing for things to get worse.

Virus experts have warned the South American country the outbreak will not reach its peak there until June.

Excavators dig graves in Brazil awaiting dreaded coronavirus spike

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11690895/mass-grave-brazil-coronavirus-diggers/