COVID-19: Bandipora man laid to rest

Close family members burying the elderly Bandipora man who died at SMHS Hospital today and was declared coronavirus positive (Photo: KM-Special Arrangement)

Srinagar: The 60-year-old man, who died due to Coronavirus on Tuesday, was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard this evening at Gund-Jehangeer village of Hajin area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Officials and relatives followed proper guidelines while interring the deceased.

As per the guidelines laid by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), no bathing, kissing and hugging of deceased COVID-19 patient is allowed and the same was followed in this case as well.

Nodal Officer for Covid-19 Sumbal, Syed Shahnawaz said that five people including close relatives of the deceased were allowed to participate in the funeral prayers after wearing proper protective equipment.

The deceased was admitted in SMHS hospital in Srinagar and died of coronavirus symptoms. He also had cardio-vascular issues. His is the third death in the valley due to the virus that has devoured thousands and infected almost a million and a half people so far.

The volunteers who handled the burial, followed standard precautions, wearing masks and gloves, he added.

Officials said the large gathering was not allowed at the burial ground as a social distancing measure.

A senior doctor said that deceased had no travel history or contact with any Covid-19 patient.

As earlier reported by The Kashmir Monitor, the administration has put as many as 20 members of the family, including the deceased’s 50-year-old wife, his two sons, three daughters, and two infant grandchildren — aged 6 and 7 months– in home observation.

Last month, a man from Hyderpora, originally an inhabitant from Sopore town and a man from Tangmarg had died of Covid-19 infection. So far 125 people have been tested positive for the virus in J&K.

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