• Officials in Delhi, India, are getting requests to cut down trees in city parks for funeral pyres.
  • India is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. 
  • Wood is needed to help fuel cremations as COVID-19 cases and deaths skyrocket.
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Officials in Delhi, India, are getting requests to cut down trees in city parks to help fuel cremations as COVID-19 cases and deaths skyrocket across the country.

Wooden pyres are used in India to cremate a body as part of a funeral rite.

But as more people continue to die from COVID-19 in the India, more wood is needed to fuel the pyres, according to the Associated Press.

India’s surging case count of COVID-19 infections is growing at the fastest pace in the world, and on Sunday the country recorded more than 350,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking a world record for daily COVID-19 cases for the fifth day in a row.

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