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Coronavius in India: Mumbai civic body withdraws cremation order – India Today

The Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC), Mumbai civic body, on Monday reviewed its decision on cremation of Covid-19 patients, which earlier said, “bodies of all those who died due to coronavirus in Mumbai can only be cremated irrespective of the religion of the deceased”.

According to the new order, if someone wants to bury the body of the deceased, the kin and others should do it with necessary precautions and in the presence of police.

Stringent actions will be taken against whoever tries to defy the order, said the civic body.

While the former order said the bodies of those who died due to Covid-19 will be be cremated irrespective of their religion.

It also stated that only five persons can attend the funeral of a coronavirus patient, and rituals of touching the body should be avoided.

The cemetery staff should cremate these bodies using protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, etc, the circular further said.

The circular was issued by BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi on Monday.

However, hours later Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik tweeted, “This is to bring to your kind attention that I have spoken to @mybmc Commissioner Mr. Praveen Pardeshi regarding the circular issued by him for cremation of those who have lost their lives due to the #CoronaVirus. The said circular has now been withdrawn.”

The former circular has now been withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Sudhir Gupta, head of the forensic medicine department of the AIIMS, New Delhi, had said that cremation of a person who has died due to coronavirus poses no threat through any methods — using burial, fire or electrical, or gas.

Similar guidelines were issued by the World Health Organisation.

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