Cebu City council OKs cemetery for COVID-19 fatalities

Mary Ruth Malinao - The Philippine Star

CEBU, Philippines – The Cebu City Council approved a resolution on Friday on the establishment of a cemetery for victims of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

“This laudable measure is urgent, essential and necessary to prepare and strategically position the city of Cebu toward a holistic yet realistic approach to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in all fronts,” Councilor Phillip Zafra, who sponsored the resolution, said.

The city government seeks to establish the public cemetery in a two-hectare land in Sitios Patayng Yuta and Baksan in Barangay Sapangdaku.

“With the unprecedented rise of deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgency to bury the remains, public cemeteries are now at full capacity while private cemeteries are costly. Private crematorium facilities can no longer accommodate timely and dignified service to the victims,” Zafra said.

The Department of Health-Central Visayas office recorded 408 COVID-19 fatalities in Cebu City.

Cebu City recorded 7,910 cases as of Friday.

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