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Odisha Government Issues Guidelines For Disposal Of Bodies Of COVID-19 Patients

The Odisha government has taken the full responsibility of disposal of the dead body of the COVID-19 suspect/confirmed cases

Odisha Government Issues Guidelines For Disposal Of Bodies Of COVID-19 Patients
Highlights
  • Not more than 20 persons will be allowed at the funeral: Odisha government
  • Odisha government has prohibited bathing, kissing, and hugging the body
  • Family members may be allowed to collect ashes after cremation: Government

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday (July 25) issued new guidelines for the procedure and precautions that should be taken while disposing of bodies of COVID-19 patients. The new guidelines were issued by Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha Pradeep Jena, who informed about the same to all Collectors and All Municipal Commissioners through a letter. The letter states that in Odisha, “The Government has taken the full responsibility of disposal of the dead body of the Covid-19 suspect/ confirmed cases for which the Government have sanctioned Rs. 7,500 (Rupees Seven Thousand Five Hundred) per deceased towards expenditure for disposal of the dead body of COVID-19 suspect or confirmed cases.”

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It adds the while the state government will continue to assume the responsibility of disposal of the dead body of the COVID-19 suspect/ confirmed cases, respecting the religious sentiments of the people and religious beliefs of different sects, the government allow certain restrictions in the completion of the last rites to the families.

As per the new guideline now,

If family member(s) of the patient wish(es) to view the body at the time of removal from the isolation room or area, they may be allowed to do so with the application of standard precautions.

“The dead body shall be handled and transported in a decent manner. While disposing the dead body at the crematorium/ burial ground, the family members may be allowed to perform the last rites according to their religion/ faith without touching the body, maintaining a minimum safe distance from the body and following standard hygienic precautions, such as hand hygiene, use of mask & gloves, no spitting in a public place,” added the letter.

The letter also states that bathing, kissing, hugging, among other things is strictly prohibited by the government. Not more than 20 persons will be allowed in the funeral function including the priest and members of family and support agency if any.

The family members may be allowed to collect the ash after cremation for the performance of last rites, said the letter.

However, if the family members do not wish to take part in cremation/ burial of the dead COVID-19 patients, their body may be disposed of in the absence of family. The method of disposals such as cremation or burial, as per the custom of the religion or sect of the dead person will be followed. If the religion or sect of the person is not known, either of the procedure may be followed for disposal of the dead body, informed the government.

Also Read: Odisha Allows Home Isolation Of Asymptomatic, Mild Symptomatic COVID-19 Patients In Rural Areas

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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