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South Africa: Health Issues Directions On Management of Coronavirus Covid-19 Human Remains

Press Release - The Department of Health has received reports of coffins of people who died of COVID-19 being wrapped with plastic and in some cases, human remains are also wrapped inside and coffins marked with biohazard stickers prior to burial.

p press release The Department of Health has received reports of coffins of people who died of COVID-19 being wrapped with plastic and in some cases, human remains are also wrapped inside and coffins marked with biohazard stickers prior to burial.A meeting was convened on Tuesday 26th of January 2021with interested and affected parties in management of human remains.The Department of Health has issued health directions on the management of human remains that died of COVID-19 that prescribes measures to be implemented.Human remains can be buried either in a body bag or be wrapped in a shroud or blanket as the case may be.

In addition to the current COVID-19 health directions, the department has, as part of regulatory role under the National Health Act, 2003 (Act No61 of 2003), as amended, issued regulations governing the establishments of funeral undertakers' premises and Mortuary, conveyance of human remains, burial, cremation, exhumation, reburials and general provisions.The process of handling human remains affected with COVID-19 poses a risk to the members of the public who are doing it and to their immediate families and the community at large.

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