Government Amends Ban On Movement Of Dead Bodies For Burial:
The government of Zimbabwe has amended restriction on the movement of dead bodies following the surge in Covid-19 deaths.
The amendment comes after, the national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi issued a statement, stating that with immediate effect movement of dead bodies was no longer permissible under the new measures that had been put in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has, however, with immediate effect amended the restriction and stated that those who want to transport their relative’s dead bodies for burial outside the city or town, can do so only if the body is transported in a triple coffin which is hermetically sealed and is also transported from the mortuary straight to the gravesite.
“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 the funeral parlour or hospital mortuary,” reads part of the statement.
Permanent Secretary for Information Nick Ndavaningi Mangwana confirmed the development on his official Twitter page;
“1.The Police will only clear body movements for burial straight from a funeral parlour or hospital mortuary to the burial site.
2. No body viewing will be allowed.
3. Bodies will not be taken home.
4. The public is urged to keep a distance of 4 metres as the body is lowered.” pic.twitter.com/m3DauA5VMX
— Nick Mangwana (@nickmangwana) January 11, 2021
Below is the Ministry Of Health and Child Care full statement on the movement of COVID-19 dead bodies for burial in the country;