Story By: Conor Sheils, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
At least 15 people in an Indonesian village have been diagnosed with Coronavirus after they opened the coffin of a resident who died from it to perform a bathing ritual.
Acting Sidoarjo Regent Nur Ahmad Syaifudin told local media that a villager in Jati, Indonesia who tested positive for COVID-19 and later died in hospital was given a normal local funeral without coronavirus prevention measures in place.
The body, wrapped in plastic sheeting and placed in a coffin was sent home at the relatives request.
it was then that the wrap was opened and the body bathed, he added.
He told local media: “The relatives and neighbours of the deceased opened the plastic wrap on the deceased body and even bathed the body. That is so careless.”
Contact tracing was then put in place in the village and officials found 15 cases of the virus.
They also listed dozens of other people as patients under surveillance.
He said Jati village had been partially closed to contain the spread of the virus.
He told local media: “We have strictly limited access from and to the village. We have also ordered the mosque there not to conduct mass prayers.”
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