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Phuket Governor Narong issues mandates on handling Covid-19 corpses

Phuket Governor Narong issued a provincial order with four mandates on Wednesday about how to deal with the dead bodies of Covid-19 victims. The mandates are: 1) It is forbidden to bathe the corpse. 2) It is forbidden to use injections to treat the corpse. 3) It is forbidden to open the corpse after it has been collected for the funeral. 4) If relatives of the deceased wish to bring the body to a religious ceremony, they must follow instructions of those working in religious ceremonies under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

The order listing the mandates added that it’s forbidden to do anything causing bad hygiene, or may spread diseases or endemics. Those who fail to comply with the order can be fined up to 100,000 baht, jailed for up to a year, or both.

This month, Phuket health officials have reported 49 Covid-19 related deaths. There have been 86 deaths reported in the province since the beginning of this year. In a statement in the order, Governor Narong said it is the “medical opinion” that people should use extra caution when handling bodies of people who have died from Covid-19.

Today, Phuket marks 284 new Covid-19 cases, and one death.

SOURCE: The Phuket News | The Phuket News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.