Lucknow, Sept. 2 -- Knowing well that they are at greater risk of catching infection despite taking precautions, the staff of Bhainsakund electric crematorium have been discharging their duties with utmost sincerity while cremating Covid-19 victims ever since the fatalities increased due to the pandemic.

"I report for work at 5.30 am and leave the crematorium around 12 midnight daily these days. Earlier I used to report at 9.30 am and used to leave by 6 pm.

However, my routine changed after corona deaths increased in May," says caretaker Munna, 34, who heads a team of three at the crematorium owned/run by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC).

"My colleagues and I change personal protective equipment (PPE) kits two to three times daily...