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Coronavirus Corpses Cannot Be Claimed For Burial, Only Handled By Health Ministry – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said corpses of persons who died of coronavirus cannot be claimed for burial.

Speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria NAN forum in Abuja to give an update on the activities of the presidential task force on COVID-19, the information minister said such corpses would be handled by the ministry of health because they are contagious.

Mohammed commended Nigerians for complying with the federal government’s stay-at-home directive, adding that it would encourage stakeholders in the fight to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

He said: “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. 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 further called on citizens’ cooperation and asked them to “stay safe, obey simple instructions of basic hygiene and social distancing,” adding that “in a few weeks, we will resume our normal life.”

As at 11:00 am 3rd April there are 190 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths, according to Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC.

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