May 8, 2020, 1:19 AM
NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has said that citizens should avoid visiting the deceased’s home till the COVID-19 test results are back from the lab.
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After a 22-year-old young man tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday (May 6) after his death, NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has appealed citizens that after the death of any COVID-19 suspect, citizens should avoid going to the deceased’s home for mourning or attending the person’s funeral till the COVID-19 test results of such person are back from the lab.

Through an advisory issued by NMC, Mundhe has said that citizens need to be vigilant to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The NMC commissioner said that the possibility of citizens, who gathered at the 22-year-old man’s house after his death, contracting coronavirus cannot be ignored.

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If the deceased person’s report comes back positive, the last rites of the person should take place as per the guidelines issued by NMC. Hospital administration should inform the concerned police station. No person, under any circumstances, should touch the dead body of the affected person and not more than five persons should be present during the person’s funeral. The people working at crematoriums should also wear masks, gloves and should take other necessary precautions.

Mundhe further added that if the report turns out to be negative, then rules guidelines issued regarding funerals should be followed. Minimum people should attend the person’s funeral and these people should wear masks, maintain social distancing and use sanitisers.

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