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Zim imposed limits on movement of Covid-19 dead bodies for burial

By Almot Maqolo

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The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says people who wish to bury loved ones who succumb to Covid-19 at burial places of their choice like rural areas will have to ensure the body is ‘hermetically sealed in a triple coffin before collection of body from parlor or mortuary.’

This comes after the country banned the movement of dead bodies from place to place for burial in a controversial effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. The measure was announced by police and health officials late on Sunday as the country reported 978 new infections and 24 deaths from Covid-19.

MoHCC said the Police will only clear body movements for burial straight from a funeral parlour or hospital mortuary to the burial site. It said no body viewing will be allowed and bodies will not be taken home.

“The public is urged to keep a distance of 4 metres as the body is lowered into the grave by either city health or funeral parlour officials,” said the health ministry, adding that “The grave site will be disinfected before and after the burial.”

Also gatherings at funerals have been reduced to strictly 30 people.
“For those who want to transport the body for burial outside the city or town of death, they should ensure that the body is hermetically sealed in a triple coffin before collection of body from funeral parlour or hospital mortuary,” it said.


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