The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has announced that the bodies of Covid-19 victims who died at home must be handled by their families, with the civic body assisting them. The body bag and four PPE kits will be given to the relatives by the ward officer for each locality, according to authorities. When wrapping the body in the bag and loading it into the hearse van, they should wear the kit.
To obtain a cremation pass, they must also upload the medical certificate stating the cause of death, as well as their insurance form for Covid-related duties, to the PMC’s website, according to PMC Chief Engineer Srinivas Gangaram Kandul. The deceased person’s Aadhar card, as well as the Aadhar cards of those who will be handling the body, must be submitted as part of the procedure. Mr Kandul said in a video message that the local ward officer and the ward medical officer would post the details of the death on the Pune Municipal Corporation’s WhatsApp group formed for the purpose.
Once the body reaches the crematorium, officials will treat the body including unloading it from the car. Around an hour after the cremation, the ashes will be sent to the family. Mr Kandul said, At the crematorium, no more than ten people will be permitted.
Yesterday, Pune saw the largest single-day increase in infection rates in its history, with 8,553 new infections and 31 deaths. This is just slightly lower than Delhi’s all-time high, which was set on November 11th (8,593 cases). The city was responsible for nearly 21% of all cases in Maharashtra and over 11.82 per cent of all cases in India. It has reported 45,317 cases per million people, which is significantly higher than the state’s average of 21,321 cases per million.