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Health Ministry eases SOP for Covid-19 funerals

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has revised the procedure for funeral rites of Covid-19 victims.

Muslim rites are in line with the resolutions of the Muzakarah Committee of the National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs.

The latest procedure would allow trained mortuary attendants in hospitals to bathe and shroud the remains.

However, the attendants are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) before handling the remains. Only two fully vaccinated family members of the deceased in PPE are allowed to participate in the burial rites.

The ministry advised that aerosol generating procedure (AGP), such as the gently compressing the stomach of the deceased, should be avoided.

"For non-Muslim deceased, if the last rites require changing the attire for the deceased, the attire must be placed on the remains without involving AGP.

"Only two fully vaccinated family members of the deceased in PPE are allowed to participate in the last rites.

"However, the remains of each Covid-19 victim will be released in a single body bag, instead of using two body bags previously," the ministry said in a statement today.

The ministry also said there are no longer limits to the number of family members attending the funeral.

"However, all those involved in the burial process must be in PPE, while other attendees at the funeral must wear face masks and avoid overcrowding."

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