Staff at funeral homes in Spain have gone on strike to demand more workers as coronavirus deaths continue to rise.

Unions say more staff are needed to prevent the delay in burials that was seen during the first wave of the pandemic in March.

Europe, especially Spain is fighting with a second wave as cases and deaths continue to rise.

Spain have introduced new measures such as curfews and lockdowns to try and bring infection rates down.

Workers at funeral homes across Spain took part in a strike yesterday. The strike came on All Saints Day, when families usually visit the graves of loved ones.

One funeral home in Madrid said that it needed between 15-20 more staff to handle the surge in deaths. On Friday, 239 deaths were confirmed in the country by the health ministry.

In March, burials had a delay of about a week and cremations took place in cities hundreds of miles away, as funeral homes struggled with the demand.

Spain has recorded more than 1.1 million cases and 35,800 deaths since the outbreak began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Spain, a country that normally turns around a funeral within days rather than weeks in the UK, expects funerals to back up as the strikes continue unless deadlock can be broken.  Global247News Twitter

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