An Unimaginable Toll (27 photos)

As of today, more than 83,600 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, since late January, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. This number, this global death toll, enumerates not just individual lives lost, but also the thousands of families, communities, and loved ones left behind, coping with loss and uncertainty. New rules and procedures, prompted by the pandemic, have prevented many families from holding funeral or memorial services. And, in some of the harder-hit towns and cities, funeral homes and morgues are now reaching capacity. Below, a collection of recent images from around the world, in the midst of a painful and costly pandemic.


Priest Don Marcello gives a blessing to coffins of deceased people inside the church of San Giuseppe in Seriate, Italy, on March 28, 2020.

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