Mumbai Civic Body issued the circular according to which the bodies of coronavirus patients can only be cremated [a method of final disposition of a dead body through burning] irrespective to their religion.
According to the Indian news agency, the chief of Mumbai’s civic body, Praveen Pardeshi, said the bodies of patients who have died from Novel coronavirus will be cremated irrespective of their religion and only five persons can attend the funeral and touching the body will not be allowed.
BMC Chief also stated that if someone insisted to bury the body of the deceased who dies with COVID-19, they will only be permitted if the body is taken out of Mumbai city’s jurisdiction.
The number of positive cases in India soars to 1071, death toll is at 27.
Earlier, Pakistan has urged the Indian government to end the communication blackout in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in view of the threat posed by coronavirus.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui expressed deep concerns over the continued communication blackout in the occupied territory.
She said this depriving the people of the region of critical information and supplies of critical medical items needed to effectively contain COVID-19 pandemic.
She demanded that the medical teams and supplies allowed to reach the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during his interaction with the SAARC counterparts in recent days reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the SAARC process.
Moreover She said Pakistan has proposed a video conference of SAARC health ministers at an early date to coordinate efforts to stem the coronavirus in the region.
The spokesperson said it is utmost endeavor of the government and our missions abroad to ensure the safety and early return of our nationals stranded in different parts of the world.
She said our missions are actively in contact with the local authorities and helping the Pakistani nationals with food, medicines and accommodation.
She pointed out that the government in recent days operated special flights to repatriate the stranded Pakistanis from Doha, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.