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  • This is Carlos Carneros job.

  • He's been in the undertaking business for two decades, but never has he found it so hard.

  • Portugal is struggling with a brutal second wave of covert 19 on hospitals and funeral homes are overwhelmed.

  • There were people that I've never felt so emotional with so many consecutive funerals.

  • Now we have to lower our faces.

  • We have to try as much as possible so people don't realize way.

  • Try to be as professional as possible.

  • The little details.

  • Placing the flowers, having a moment of silence when we arrive so people can think about that person about the experiences they have shared with them.

  • It's hard on us.

  • We feel it when we get home.

  • I'm even getting emotional now.

  • Portugal fared better than other countries in the first wave, but this year has gotten off to a tough start.

  • Carneiro is busier than ever.

  • More than 14,700 people have died of the virus in Portugal.

  • Like other funeral homes, they've had to put new measures in place to reduce the risk of contagion.

  • Workers must wear protective gear from head to toe bodies placed inside white plastic bags and then in a coffin without embalming or makeup.

  • Families are rarely able to see the deceased before they were buried or cremated.

  • Carneiro says he always seeks to honor the lives of the dead.

  • But not being able to give families the full closure they seek is taking a toll on his well being.

  • It's not so much these air, not numbers.

  • People are sitting on their sofas and are worried about the numbers.

  • People only see the numbers we see riel, people, families.

  • We deal with this drama.

  • When it comes to numbers, everyone has their own opinion.

  • But when we actually go through this, we are living difficult days in this set, yeah.

This is Carlos Carneros job.

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COVID-19 surge takes toll on Portugal's undertakers

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/12
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