Ulhasnagar: Relatives of coronavirus victim flout guidelines by opening personnel pouch , 18 test positive
As many as 18 relatives of an Ulhasnagar woman who died of the coronavirus in the week tested positive on Friday after they violated guidelines by opening her personnel pouch .
This, barely three weeks after a case was registered against relatives of another coronavirus victim for violating cremation guidelines. They, too, opened the personnel pouch . Twenty relations and funeral attendees tested positive.
In the newer case, a 40-year-old woman who died on May 25 had been showing symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The hospital conducted a test.
Her mortal remains were wrapped during a personnel pouch and handed to her relatives; they were asked to not open it and take it directly for cremation.
But they took the bag to a monastery, opened it and touched the body while performing rituals before the funeral.
Almost 100 people were at the funeral, sources say.
Municipal authorities in Ulhasnagar acknowledged . When test results showed that the victim had been carrying the virus, as many as 50 relatives were quarantined, out of whom 18 tested positive on Friday.
The authorities are now trying to trace down the others who were at the funeral.
"We are going file a police case against the relatives who, despite being told about the rules , violated them intentionally and put numerous others in danger ," a senior Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation official said.
"Despite repeated requests, they need done this, and now numerous others have tested positive to Covid-19," the official said.
On Friday, 32 new coronavirus cases brought Ulhasnagar's total to 305.