Odisha Govt Amends Guidelines For Disposal Of Bodies Of COVID-19 Suspects

Bhubaneswar:  The Odisha government on Monday directed district collectors, SPs, municipal commissioners and health officials to allow for the last rites of COVID-19 suspects without insisting on testing of swab or waiting for the result.

“It is clarified that as we are in the midst of a global pandemic, as a measure of abundant precaution, in all such cases the dead body may be disposed of as per COVID norms, in compassionate consultation with the family of the deceased,” the letter issued by Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department PK Mohapatra said.

“This will reduce the trauma face by the grieving family as there will be no delay in disposal of the body of the deceased after death,” the letter read.


On July 25, the government had issued guidelines for disposal of bodies of COVID-19 patients, allowing family members to participate in the funeral.

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