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Coronavirus fears lead to burial without proper funeral

  • Published at 12:04 am April 25th, 2020
File photo of a Covid-19 deceased being taken for burial Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Even, his family members did not come in contact with the body fearing that he might have died from Covid-19

It has never been like this in this society. Now it is happening almost every day in the country.

When a 60-year-old man died at Tariakandi village in Titas upazila of Comilla on Thursday evening after suffering from fever, sore throat and breathing complications, no one came forward to perform his funeral rites, reports UNB.

Even, his family members did not come in contact with the body fearing that he might have died from Covid-19, a disease that claimed nearly 200,000 lives across the globe.

Later, two representatives of the upazila administration, along with several health workers, completed his burial after namaz-e-janaza.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sarfaraz Hossain said the deceased, Sonamati, a hawker, had long been suffering from breathing complications, fever and sore throat. He died on Thursday evening.

However, no one came forward to perform his funeral rites fearing that they might have contacted coronavirus, he said.

On information, two representatives of the upazila administration and three health workers went to the spot and performed the funeral, the UNO said, adding that they collected samples from the body to ascertain whether he was infected with coronavirus. 

According to the civil surgeon’s office, five more people were found to be infected with coronavirus in Comilla in the last 24 hours till Friday noon, taking the total number of infected people in the district to 44.

Bangladesh reported the first three Covid-19 cases on March 8 and confirmed the first death from the virus 10 days later on March 18.

According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, 131 people have so far lost their lives after being diagnosed with the coronavirus while 4,689 people tested positive across the country.

When it comes to the global context, the virus claimed 195,114 lives and infected 2,799,772 people as of Friday.

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