Mangaluru: 150 attend corona patient's funeral, panic about infection spreads


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 30: The funeral of an 80-year-old lady who was diagnosed with coronavirus infection at the time of her death, was performed at Boloor here. When conducting the funeral, government rules were thrown to the winds illegally and locals who were numbering about 150 performed the funeral on their own without conforming to safety norms.

Now, panic has spread as people are apprehensive that the infection might spread to a large number of people from the area.


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This shocking incident happened at a time when coronavirus is suspected to be in the phase of community spread. The preliminary rituals that are performed before the funeral were attended on Sunday night and the funeral was performed on Monday morning. The district health officer confirmed that such an incident had indeed happened.

It is said that the private hospital where the lady was under treatment handed over the body to the family in spite of being aware of her infection. The family members concealed this information and performed the funeral in the present large number of locals. Locals allege that a strong lobby has worked behind this incident.

Health department officials say that corona-positive report was received after the funeral. But as per rules, irrespective of the causes of death, funeral cannot be performed before the receipt of this test report. If the result is positive, the government arranges for the funeral, duly following safety measures required. In case the result is negative, the body is handed over to the family.

A lady aged 80 suffering from fever had been admitted into a private hospital here on Sunday. Immediately samples for malaria and COVID tests had been collected. It was confirmed shortly thereafter that she was suffering from malaria. Corona report was not received. The lady died the same evening after suffering a heart attack. The family which used influence, got the possession of the body and returned home.

At night, about 150 locals gathered and as per tradition, performed bath and other rituals duly touching the body. As is customary, Tulsi water was poured into her mouth; On Monday morning, the body was cremated at Boloor with the help of firewood. In this programme too, many locals participated.

The people came to know that the lady had infection only after the funeral in the morning. They are apprehensive and many have got themselves self-quarantined. Some locals claim that several of the participants of the funeral are freely moving around. A lady living in the neighbourhood who participated in the rituals related with the funeral has been confirmed of the infection. This indicates that many others also might have been infected. Her house and a house next door have been sealed down.

District health officer, Dr Ramachandra Bairy, stated that COVID-19 test is mandatory in private hospitals also irrespective of the causes of death. He noted that once the throat swab samples are sent for testing, funerals cannot be performed without the receipt of the report. He noted that the body of the woman from Boloor was handed over to the family before the receipt of the report. He said legal action will be taken against the hospital concerned if a written complaint is made.

 

 

  

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  • siddharth c, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    As the governemnt hospital is offering free treatment everybody is taking it very lightly about Covid 19.
    It is time to take corrective measures in this regard

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Bathing the body is our rituals. But during these times seeing the body itself is a boon. It is better for the human beings just to see the body and give final right's is better than tossing body in a unknown place.

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  • Anticorrupt, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Just stop unwanted testing and cause fear in people . Class 3 media and social media. Treat people if infected and save bed space in hospitals for the critically ill. Take care and live life.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Unfortunately you will not get treatment till your covid test result comes which takes atleast three days by which time if you are seriously ill you will be dead. Currently just pray that you don't fall ill.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    This is wrong. They said maximum 20 people can participate in funeral of a person without corona..
    Here there are two problems.
    1. Getting close with death body. May spread corona.
    2. Some people within 150 crowd may be already carrying infection. They may infect others.
    So grave error. Please voluntarily quarantine for 2 weeks.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Some one in this forum is mentioned about educated district....,
    let me take the pride to offer.... Chai.... chai... chai..., any body want chai....!!!!

    DisAgree [9] Agree [45] Reply Report Abuse

  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    No work in Dubai, No flights to come back home, chai selling could be the best option to live, first criteria to become the Prime Minister

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  • CA girishkk, M'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    @Shettre..,

    Good point..., aatma niradhaar option........

    Jh
    Jai hind

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    In our country nobody cares about any disease.
    Tobacco is injurious to health, even leads to cancer but people do chew it in large numbers including high profile people.
    Liquor is injurious to health, but our economy depends on liquor. Nobody cares about health. You can find MRP wine outlets sorry super posh showrooms everywhere. You can find same color, same size banners for covid safety in front of each & every liquor outlet. Excise dept is working promptly here.
    Do you think public care about Corona?
    It's all normal in our country.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    As per report 1 woman who had participated tested positive. That proves she was infected before she took part in the rituals, & the source is different than the diseased woman.
    No need to panic for a simple reason, if the testing protocol was not there nobody would've known it. Corona is not a new virus it had visited our country in 1965, 1984, 2002 etc. It has been found in Dharavi now more people have antibodies than the number of infected which is a good sign herd immunity is happening sooner than thought. So accept this too as a positive thing & not negative thing to be scared or panicked about.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    It's ok... What is done is done... Don't worry. Precaution must be taken and stay safe...
    No point naming lobby and gang... These are emotional moments and all of them wud do the same if faced similar situation

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  • Netizen, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Your tune was different during tablighi jamath headlines.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Arre baba, I've also been into tableegi jamaat... It is not about which religion I belong to or which religion the dead lady belongs to. Such things happen... We can't blame the community for the carelessness... These are tough times. Do the family mourn for the dead or do crowd control?

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Even Goat are not spared by nationolist as it belong to minority.

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    There are 10000 of live coronas walking , eating shopping and roaming in entire Mangalore, control that not the deceased ,

    Our so called government officers get alert only on the patients who died and least bothered of spreading conoro , Corona has become joke for our officers

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    I was told Mangaluru is full of Educated ...

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Mangalore is full of andh bhakts and feku lovers...no wonder u call educated..educated fools,

    DisAgree [17] Agree [76] Reply Report Abuse

  • Dr.Niharika Shetty, Manipal

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    People are consciously contributing to community spread of the disease. The concerned authorities should interrogate and take measures. I know losing a dear one is painful but it’s not right to break the rules and do something which is not right.

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  • Strolfstwyn Menezes, Udupi/Toranto/DBX/Pithrody/Perth

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    The sooner it spreads and we achieve herd immunity, the better. Recovery rates are fantastic.

    Death rate is dropping when you compare it with the numbers from improved and extensive testing. The mass hysteria over something which is just another type of flu must stop. But i agree, unnecessary congregations should be banned beacuse they result in chaos, panic and confusion afterwards when the media runs its Covid meter nonstop.

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  • Dr. Niharika Shetty, Manipal

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    I don’t concur with you Sir! Herd immunity is of huge benifit for developed countries where all citizens are insured. But in countries like India where whole healthcare system is corrupt it’s really hard for common citizens specially lower class/ lower middle class people to even afford for the basic treatment.

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  • Strolfstwyn Menezes, Udupi/Toranto/DBX/Pithrody/Perth

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    But the treatment in 95 percent of the cases is hot water, Calpol, rest and Vit C!

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  • Dr.Niharika Shetty, Manipal

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    It’s not just the medications sir. It includes medications, ppe and sterilization, service fees and other charges. Most of the government hospitals are out of beds and private hospitals charge for all the services. So it will be a huge mess if the cases keep increasing rapidly.

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  • Strolfstwyn Menezes, Udupi/Toranto/DBX/Pithrody/Perth

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    I appreciate your polite replies and patience.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Dr says, dead body don't spread infection.

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  • Imran, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Dead bodies don't spread infection but the 150 people who gathered will as even after knowing the social distancing rules they gathered in large numbers .

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  • S Moily, United Kingdom

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    It is a misconception that dead bodies do not infect others. SARS CoV2 can survive on surfaces and body fluids for many days.

    They survive on steel and plastic for 72 hours and cardboard, paper and clothes for 24 hours. In dead cells they do not replicate, but millions of existing viral particles can survive and potentially infect others. There is a reason for the guidelines about disposing of the dead bodies of infected persons!

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    This is third class behavior, ..in fact much worst than thablighi's..., where is prime time Dombarata show Jokara...????

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Govt has dumped all the pillars of democracy under its basement.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    The solution is simple . Make the report as COVID -ve . Everyone is safe and happy. Our hospitals and govts are capable to do this. Then why worry. If they get the infection then admit them to a hospital and make money!

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Make ut negative with same logic of indian economy GDP numbers.modi's master stoke Lol

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