New guidelines for burial of bodies infected with coronavirus issued

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May 29, 2020

Guidelines provide a standard protocol based on WHO guidelines to prevent transmission of coronavirus

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Burial 'should be managed by the authorities on a case-by-case basis, balancing the rights of the family, the risks of exposure to infection and the need of investigation the death cause'. The News/Files

ISLAMABAD: New guidelines for the burial of bodies of suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus were issued by the health ministry on Friday.

The federal government's document aims to "provide management guidelines to the families, healthcare providers, managers of health facilities and mortuaries, religious and public health authorities, and to all those who attend to the dead bodies of individuals suspected or confirmed for COVID-19".

The directives cover the entire process — from the beginning when a body is prepared to be transferred from hospitals and medical centres for the autopsy process [which according to the document should be conducted under engineered and controlled environment] to the burial and funeral rituals.

Burial, the document added, "should be managed by the authorities on a case-by-case basis, balancing the rights of the family, the risks of exposure to infection and the need of investigation the death cause".

Preparing the body

General rules

Burials at home

The document has also listed guidelines and precautions to follow for mortuaries and those carrying out the autopsy.



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