COVID-19: Govt allows last rites without touching body
Thiruvananthapuram: The government has granted permission to carry out the funeral of COVID-19 victims without touching the body. As per the relaxations in the COVID-19 protocol, rituals like offering prayers and showering of holy water are allowed in the funeral of people who succumbed to COVID-19.
Health department employee will open the zip of the cover in which the body is kept for showing the face to the relatives who want to pay homage to the deceased. During this time, people are restricted from performing rituals by touching the body.
A maximum number of 20 people are allowed to attend the funeral. Those who attend the funeral must maintain a safe distance of 2 metres. Hands should be sanitized properly, reads the guidelines.
At the same time, people above 60 years, children below 10 years and patients suffering from serious ailments including respiratory illness are strictly restricted from attending the funeral.
The health department will release the body of the people with suspected COVID-19 infection after collecting the sample for the test. The body of the COVID-19 positive patients will be released to the relatives as per the COVID-19 protocol.