Kenya set to relax COVID burial rules

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Kenya health officials wearing personal protection equipment prepare to bury coronavirus victim.PHOTO/AP
Kenya health officials wearing personal protection equipment prepare to bury coronavirus victim.PHOTO/AP

Strict rules for the burial of Covid-19 victims will be relaxed to allow families to accord their loved ones a decent send-off, the Kenyan Health ministry announced.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman acknowledged that the ministry may have deployed extreme measures in the burial of those killed by Covid-19.

“Cautionary measures taken at first were extreme, and we have learnt from them, and that is why we have considered reviewing some burial protocols of those who succumb to Covid-19 related illnesses to make it easier for those who have lost their loved ones,” Dr. Aman said.

He explained that with proper handling of the body by placing it in a body bag, the risk of infections is almost nil.

Families that have lost their relatives have protested at hasty burials — some conducted at night — that cause them more trauma.

Meanwhile, Kenya recorded 102 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed infections to 35,205.

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