Dresden – Ornate coffins crowd next to unadorned ones. The dead in the crematorium of Meissen are already densely packed. And the supply from all over Germany does not stop. Managing Director Jörg Schaldach (54): “Our daily average is 40 cremations. Now we come to 60 because of the bad flu. ” Because the two high-performance ovens will not make it in 16 hours, they have been switching to three-shift operation for days.
Photo: Olaf Rentsch “data-zoom-src =” https://bilder.bild.de/fotos/krematoriums-geschaeftsfuehrer-joerg-schaldach-54-with-urnen-sachsen-hat-bislang-36-offizielle-grippe–200724519-55076408 /Bild/2.bild.jpg “/> Crematorium Managing Director Jörg Schaldach (54) with urns. Saxony has so far 36 official flu deaths Photo: Olaf Rentsch
Schaldach: “Only on some death certificates is actually influenza A or B. Mostly pneumonia or heart failure in poor general condition. But we can register very well the accumulation of corpses as the flu virus moves from region to region. ” The renowned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has counted 358 flu deaths in Germany until last week. But RKI spokeswoman Susanne Glasmacher (52) explains: “These are just the laboratory-confirmed influenza cases.”
Photo: Dirk Sukov “data-zoom-src =” https://bilder.bild.de/fotos/rund-um-die-uhr-wetzt-jetzt-in-beiden-oefen-eingeaeschert-200724520-55076420/Bild/2.bild. jpg “/> Around the clock is now cremated in both ovens Photo: Dirk Sukov