A packed crematorium is struggling to cope with the number of dead bodies, with corpses instead being taken to a warehouse.
The city of Zittau, in eastern Germany, has witnessed a tripling in the number of deaths in December compared to last year.
It comes after the country recorded 962 coronavirus -related deaths in the past 24 hours, along with 24,740 new infections.
The city said in a statement: “Despite optimised procedures and permanently working machines, the number of cremations necessary is higher than the capacity of the Zittau crematorium and its staff.”
Bodies are currently being kept in a warehouse used to store flood prevention materials, the Daily Telegraph reports.
They will be taken to the crematorium when a space opens up.
Zittau mayor Thomas Zenker added: “We have reached our organisational limit and ask all those affected for understanding.”
Last December, Zittau recorded 45 deaths.
However, the figure has already risen to 115 this month.
The UK today recorded 744 new coronavirus deaths, the highest daily total since last Spring, and 39,237 cases – the most since the pandemic began.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that a raft of new areas in England will face Tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day.
Lockdownmeasures will be introduced in more of the east and south east of England afterChristmas , withinfection rates on the rise.
The Government made the decision after the discovery ofa new strain of the coronavirus,thought to be 70% more infectious.
The variant first emerged in September 2020 and circulated until mid-November – eventually causing higher infection rates in Kent, London, and Essex.
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However, it has since been detected across the country.
A second new coronavirus variant from South Africa has also been identified in the UK .
Two cases have been linked to contacts of travellers who came from the country in the last two weeks.
It is believed to be “more transmissible” than the strain identified in September and has “mutated further”, Hancock said.
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