Families of those dying of COVID-19 in home isolation have to manage funerals themselves: Govt

Published On: October 18, 2020 07:16 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: The government has now asked the people to manage the funeral rites of their family members who die of COVID-19 in home isolation.

Amending the ‘Dead Body Management of COVID-19 Cases Guideline’ the government has expressed its inability to manage the funerals of the people dying of COVID-19 in home isolation. At a time when the hospitals are almost full with patients of the coronavirus and the ambulance and hearse operators are refusing to carry COVID-19 cases, the government’s new decision is likely to create additional troubles for the people.

As per the new rule, the family members need to inform the local administration and the police if the infected individuals die at home. The funeral rites have to be carried out by maintaining physical distance while people aged above 60 years and children are barred from participating in the rituals.

The family members themselves have to manage a vehicle to carry the dead body. The persons carrying the dead body need to wear gloves, surgical masks, boots, spectacles and full sleeve dress. The family members have to wrap the body in cloth and transfer it as soon as possible to the mortuary area.  


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