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Telangana issues guidelines on disposal of bodies of Hindus, Christians of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], April 8 (ANI): In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Telangana government on Wednesday issued guidelines on procedure to dispose of dead bodies of Hindus/Christians who are either suspected or confirmed of COVID-19.

“The suspect or positive COVID-19 deceased is to be prepared in accordance with the Hindu/Christian tradition i.e., cleaning of the body and wrapping in white cloth. Family members (not more than three persons) are permitted to see the body in the hospital at any point of time through a protected glass window and they are not allowed to enter into mortuary or come into contact with the deceased,” Arvind Kumar, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Secretary told ANI over the phone.

He said the body will be covered with a plastic sheet ensuring that the face is visible.
“The body will be placed in a leak-proof zip bag which must have a transparent section for viewing the face of the deceased. Commissioner, GHMC shall keep the agency/ body handlers with requisite expertise ready along with transport mechanism and full PPE/COVID safety material/ power spraying cans with all required material inside the vehicle,” Kumar said.

He said every hospital – government or private – shall designate a responsible person as the COVID Liaison Officer (CLO).
The official said a committee of designated officials will meet daily and smoothen the issues.
Kumar said that during the transit from hospital to the graveyard, no family or relatives will be allowed in the vehicle which is carrying the COVID dead body.
He said family members or relatives who express the need to attend the last rites will be restricted to five and they will reach through their own transport strictly with masks and gloves given by the hospital.
Kumar said that the body will be strictly transported in proper COVID dedicated ambulance to the graveyard by dedicated four body handlers.
He said on reaching the graveyard, the body is to be lifted to the cremation spot by four body handlers only.

There will be video recording of the entire process beginning from transportation till the cremation of the COVID-19 body.
The body handlers need to spray sodium hypochlorite (1 per cent) on their PPE and the vehicle. (ANI)

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