California funeral houses run out of area

Los Angeles, January 3

As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in Covid cases, funeral homes in the hotspot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up.

The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the US reached a grim tally of 3,50,000 Covid deaths.

More than 20 million people in the country have been infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the homes of the two highest-ranking members of the US Congress — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — have been vandalised. The incident comes as Senate Democrats pushed, without success, for a Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus cheques on Friday.

The effort was blocked by Senate Republicans including McConnell, who argued that it would not be the kind of “targeted relief” necessary to respond to the economic distress caused by the pandemic. — Agencies

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