Furore over cremation of Covid-19 victim

THE cremation of a Covid-19 victim at the Templer Crematorium in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, has caused a furore among local residents, Makkal Osai reported.

The victim who was only identified as an Indian male reportedly died at the Seremban hospital due to Covid-19 complications.

His family members were not allowed to carry out any Hindu funeral rites and the remains were cremated by a special team in accordance with Covid-19 SOP, said state exco member for Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism S. Veerapan.

Only a few family members were allowed to be present.

However, some local residents objected to the cremation being carried out at the Seremban crematorium which is close to the residential areas for fear of the virus being released into the air.

To respect the request of the residents, future cremations of Covid-19 victims would be carried out at the Sendayan crematorium, Veerapan said.

According to WHO guidelines, no virus is released into the air during cremation of Covid-19 victims.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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