Q.14 Are there special procedures for the management of bodies of persons who have died from 2019-nCoV infection?

YES

Autopsy – Should be avoided

Transportation

  • The personnel handling the body may follow standard precautions (surgical mask, gloves).
  • The vehicle, after the transfer of the body to cremation/ burial staff, will be decontaminated with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite.

At the crematorium/ Burial Ground

  • The Crematorium/ burial Ground staff should be sensitized that COVID 19 does
    not pose additional risk.
  • The ash does not pose any risk and can be collected to perform the last rites.
  • Large gatherings at the crematorium/ burial ground should be avoided as a social distancing measure as it is possible that close family contacts may be symptomatic and/ or shedding the virus.

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