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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines on how the bodies of the deceased should be managed.
The health worker handling the bodies must follow basic hygiene and proper use of the PPE (personal protective equipment).16
The body has to be placed in a body bag by the hospital when it is to be handed over to the family and the body bag has to be decontaminated from the outside. For the purposes of transportation, the vehicle must be decontaminated and the people attending to the body must be wearing PPE with proper gloves.
The medical professional hands over the body to the family or relatives for the last rites, preferably in a fluid proof coffin. The relatives and others handling the body should be wearing PPE kits, gloves and surgical masks. Viewing of the body by unzipping the face end of the body bag is permitted for the relatives to see the body one last time along with religious rituals such as reading of religious scripts, sprinkling of holy water and other rites that do not require touching the body are allowed. No actual physical contact with the body should be allowed17. No more than 20 people are allowed to attend the funeral and overall basic hygiene must be maintained.
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