Hong Kong turns to ‘eco-coffins’ as city runs out of traditional caskets amid Covid-19 wave

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A Hong Kong non-profit organisation has donated around 300 “eco-coffins” to local hospitals and families, amid a shortage of burial caskets following a surge in the number of deaths in the city from the fifth wave of Covid-19. Made from paper, the coffins are said to weigh only 20 per cent of conventional coffins and can hold bodies up to 160kg (353lbs). The amount of harmful gases emitted when an eco-coffin is cremated is also reportedly 90 per cent less than that of a traditional one. The city has seen about 200 deaths daily from Covid-19 for most of March, using up almost all of the 250-300 coffins brought into the city daily from mainland China.

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