Why we can’t release COVID-19 Corpses for Burial – Lai Mohammed reveals


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The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has revealed the federal government will not release Coronavirus (COVID-19) victims to families of the deceased for burial.

The Minister who made the revelation at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja disclosed the bodies of the deceased remain contagious even in their lifeless state.

Lai Mohammed said Ministry of Health has been charged with the duty of ensuring  COVID-19 patients are properly buried where they will no longer pose a threat to the safety of other citizens.

“Coronavirus is very dangerous and contagious; there is no medicine for it yet and it is not just capable of killing, overwhelming healthcare system, it will destroy the economy.

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“In some countries, they are putting dead bodies in big refrigerators, because the morgues have filled up. Nigerians should not forget that these are not the type of corpses that can be claimed for burial because it must be handled by the ministry of health,” he said.

He also hailed Nigerians for their compliance with the lockdown directive.

Urging citizens to “stay safe, obey simple instructions of basic hygiene and social distancing,” Minister Lai assured Nigerians saying “in a few weeks, we will resume our normal life”

Nigeria has recorded 190 cases of Coronavirus, 2 deaths and 20 recoveries as at April 3, 2020.

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