Health Ministry says COVID-19 victims must not be buried at night

The Ministry of Health has said bodies of persons who die from COVID-19 must not be buried at night.

Speaking on Sunday, Director-General of Health at the ministry, Dr Patrick Amoth, said as long as the body has been taken care of well by public health officers, “the body is safe”.

The statement came following numerous cases where persons who died from the pandemic were hurriedly buried at night amid protests from family members and locals.

“If a culture dictates that we don’t bury at night, please hold on for another 12 hours so that the burial is held the following day,” he said.

He added that there is need of the need to observe usual cultural practices but said the Ministry will share the new protocols with the counties.

“We are going to send an alert to the counties, to remind them of this protocol so that we have a dignified burial of those who succumb to COVID-19,” Dr Amoth said.

This came as the country recorded 137 new COVID-19 cases, raising the infections tally to 3,594.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases were confirmed from 3,167 samples.

“We must take this issue very seriously and always assume that the person next to you is positive,” he said on a tour of Othaya in Nyeri County, “you must protect yourself at all times.”