An undertaker’s view of London’s coronavirus outbreak
LONDON — Kafil Ahmed is a front-line caregiver whose duties begin when nurses and doctors can do no more. His work is essential at all times, but especially during a pandemic, when the greatest caution and kindness are necessary — yet he’s not among the first celebrated in national rounds of applause.
Ahmed is an undertaker. He runs Al-Birr Islamic Trust Funeral Service out of the back of the Greenwich Islamic Center, a prominent mosque in southeast London. Even as someone accustomed to seeing death up close, he has witnessed things during the novel coronavirus outbreak that he never could have imagined.
On a run to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he was surprised to find a row of refrigerated trucks parked at the back exit. The scene inside the hospital was even more unsettling.
“There were dead bodies everywhere: in the corridors and passageways, in the chillers,” he said, recalling the rows of the recently deceased, all in white zippered bags. “It was very tough, very …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]