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In pictures: Iran struggles to bury virus victims

Updated : December 27, 2020 06:11 PM IST

Day in and day out, Rahimi, a 53-year-old volunteer cleric in the city of Ghaemshahr, puts on his hazmat suit and receives the deceased; disinfecting, washing and shrouding the dead bodies in white cloth.

Mourners carry the body of a person who died from COVID-19 at a cemetery in the Shir Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr, in northern Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners carry the body of a person who died from COVID-19 at a cemetery in the Shir Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr, in northern Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Relatives of the person who died from COVID-19 mourn at a cemetery in the Shir Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr, in northern Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Relatives of the person who died from COVID-19 mourn at a cemetery in the Shir Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr, in northern Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Ali Rahimi, 53, a volunteer cleric wearing protective clothing prepares for a funeral at a cemetery in the Arateh village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Ali Rahimi, 53, a volunteer cleric wearing protective clothing prepares for a funeral at a cemetery in the Arateh village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Volunteers and relatives wearing protective clothing and masks lower the body of a person who died from COVID-19 into a grave at a cemetery in the Haji Kola village. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Volunteers and relatives wearing protective clothing and masks lower the body of a person who died from COVID-19 into a grave at a cemetery in the Haji Kola village. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners attend the funeral at a cemetery in the Khajoo Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners attend the funeral at a cemetery in the Khajoo Kola village on the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Published : December 27, 2020 06:11 PM IST
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