A Brazilian gravedigger's daily odyssey

Manaus (Brazil) (AFP) – Ulisses Xavier is used to seeing death up close. It comes with the territory when you’re a gravedigger.But it had never come at him at the speed and scale seen since Manaus, his hometown in the Brazilian Amazon, got swept up in the coronavirus pandemic.”When I first saw how fast the number of burials was going up, I got scared,” said Xavier, 52, who works at the public cemetery in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state in northwestern Brazil.”Now I’ve gotten used to it. I just hope it will be over soon.”Before the pandemic, this city of 2.1 million people registered 30 d…

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