Covid-19 patients will be cremated irrespective of their religion: BMC chief1 min read . Updated: 30 Mar 2020, 08:08 PM IST
- If someone insisted to bury the body, they will only be permitted if the body is taken out of Mumbai city's jurisdiction, says Praveen Pardeshi
- 47 more test positive for coronavirus in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, taking number of infected persons to 170, says BMC
Amid novel coronavirus outbreak in India and recent cases of deaths reported in the country, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s chief said that bodies of Covid-19 patients in the state should be cremated irrespective of religion.
"All bodies of Covid-19 patients should be cremated irrespective of religion. Burial will not be allowed. The funeral should not involve more than 5 people," said Praveen Pardeshi, BMC chief, as ANI reported.
Pardeshi also added that if someone insisted to bury the body, they will only be permitted if the body is taken out of Mumbai city's jurisdiction.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, Maharashtra currently has 193 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. A total of 25 patients have been cured or discharged while eight patients have dies from the virus.
Earlier today, BMC said that 47 more test positive for coronavirus in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, taking number of infected persons to 170.
Overall, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India breached 1000-mark on Sunday as the country is currently observinf a 21-day nation-wide lockdown since 25 March. The novel COVID-19 has so far claimed 29 lives in the country. Fresh deaths were reported from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.