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COVID-19 deaths can be buried at family cemetery

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:31 PM, 3 June 2020  

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Those who died of COVID-19 can be buried or exequial anywhere. Muslims can bury bodies in cemeteries or family cemeteries. Followers of other religions can also exequial the body anywhere as per their rules, said Professor Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), on Wednesday. 

She came up with the disclosure in a media bulletin of DGHS at Mohakhali in the capital.

Nasima Sultana said instructions for burial, exequial for the COVID-19 deaths are available on the DGHS website. “To all, I want to say that corpses can be buried or exequial with care as per the respective religious rules.”

As per the rules, the body can be wrapped in a body bag or polythene and buried at the designated graveyard or a family designated cemetery after completion of all formalities. There is no need to specify a separate cemetery for only COVID-19 deaths, she also said. 

“The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had not been proven that coronavirus is spread from one dead to another healthy person. It takes 3-4 hours to bury the body. After 3 hours, the virus is no longer effective in the body. That is why there is no possibility of spreading the virus from bodies,” added Prof Nasima Sultana.