21-day forced quarantine for Zimbos repatriating dead loved ones
By Health Reporter
ZIMBABWEANS may soon be forced to abandon dead relatives abroad after government has announced those repatriating the bodies will now be subjected to 21 days quarantine before proceeding with the burial of their loved ones.
In a Tuesday correspondence directed to local funeral parlours, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said government was now treating every sudden death as related to Covid-19.
Authorities said the drastic measure was an attempt to protect the country against exposure from the highly infectious disease.
“All bodies being repatriated to Zimbabwe for burial will be treated as contagious except in cases where the cause of death is by road accident, murder or other body injuries,” read the statement.
“Consequently, all such mortal remains will require clearance by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe using the usual clearance channels.”
The ministry said all relatives accompanying bodies of their loved ones will now be subjected to mandatory quarantine at the designated points before proceeding to the funerals.
“Relatives accompanying the remains will now be subjected to mandatory quarantine at the designated points before proceeding to the funeral.
“The same applies in cases where the body is transiting through Zimbabwe,” said the ministry.