During the pandemic, the number of burials in Moscow increased during peak periods by 25-30% compared to the pre-pandemic period. About it in an interview RBC said the head of the State Budgetary Institution “Ritual” Artem Yekimov.
“The growth is of a spasmodic nature and is associated with the so-called waves of a pandemic,” Yekimov said.
According to the State Budgetary Institution “Ritual”, which is the largest company on the Moscow funeral services market, in 2021, from January to September, 85.5 thousand burials were carried out, and in the same period of 2020 – 87.2 thousand burials. At the same time, during the same period of 2018, GBU “Ritual” held 76.1 thousand burials in Moscow, and in 2019 – 77.7 thousand burials.
“At the stage of obscurity, at the peak of the first wave in 2020, we could carry out burials of up to 600 bodies daily. This is compared to 300 in the non-crisis period, ”Yekimov said.
According to him, the data on burials in November this year “are already closer to demographically adequate.” “This is not June-July of this year and not November-December and May 2020,” he called the peak periods for burials.
According to the latest data from the operational headquarters, 32,687 people with coronavirus have died in Moscow since the start of the pandemic. Over the past day, 96 people have died. The maximum daily mortality in Moscow, according to official data, was recorded on June 28, when 124 people died with confirmed coronavirus.