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Coronavirus Corpses Are Not Infectious, Says PTF

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Sani Aliyu

The Presidential Taskforce on coronavirus has said that corpses of persons who died of the infections are not contagious.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu said this while reacting to the backlash the federal government received following the violation of guidelines at the burial of late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Aliyu who spoke at the daily briefing of the taskforce committee on Monday, said there is no evidence to prove that persons have been infected from exposure to bodies of persons who died of COVID-19.

He stated: “I would like to further clarify the issue of COVID-19 and burial processes. Contrary to what is on social media, the late chief of staff’s body was properly prepared for burial, according to the NCDC guidelines and the Islamic faith.

“The bodies of persons with COVID-19, as stated by the WHO guidelines and I quote, ‘Except in cases of viral haemorrhagic fever and cholera, dead bodies are generally not infectious.

“To date, there is no evidence of persons having become infected from exposure to the bodies of persons who have died of  COVID-19.”

The PTF however made a public apology for violating the social distancing guidelines at the COS funeral at Gudu Cementry in Abuja.

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