(CMR) The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Jamaica has urged funeral homes and others that deal with bodies of coronavirus victims to exercise extreme caution.
New guidelines that provide details on the safe management of dead bodies and burial of patients who died from suspected or confirmed COVID-19 virus have been circulated by the ministry. According to the ministry, the guidelines are part of measures that seek to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.
The guidelines closely mirror World Health Organization (WHO) protocols issued on the safe management of dead bodies and burial of patients who died from contagious disease. These measures according to the WHO, should be applied not only by medical personnel but by anyone involved in the management of dead bodies and burial.
Globally, there has been a push to cremation, as it is deemed to be safer than burial.