It was a grim few weeks for this church in Bergamo, an Italian city that falls northeast of Milan after the coronavirus outbreak began ravaging through the country.

As hospitals and morgues ran out of space, the bodies of the victims, this church opened its doors to the souls who succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The church in the wealthy northern side of Lombardy accounted for more than half of Italy’s COVID-19 victims but now after weeks of the consistently high rate of deaths, the church is finally empty.
Bergamo Mayor shared a poignant photograph of the empty church on social media platform Twitter in an act of relief that the worst was at least over for now in the town.

“The church of the cemetery of Bergamo is empty. Finally,” he said in Italian.