Funeral homes in Argentina have not been given clear instructions on how to handle corpses of those who have died from the Chinese coronavirus, according to a report from national outlet Infobae on Thursday.
The Association of Funeral Service Companies in the Province of Buenos Aires (ASEF) reportedly sent a letter to Minister of Health Ginés González García requesting a meeting to discuss “protocols for the management of corpses infected with coronavirus or presenting a compatible diagnosis” as they “do not have instructions to follow with regard to the pandemic.”
“We went to the Ministry of Health of the Nation because there is no clear information and each funeral home is managed as it can, also depending on the municipality,” Juan Carlos Cuburú, president of the ASEF, told the outlet.
As a result, there is widespread confusion within funeral homes and services about how to safely manage the rising number of corpses
With its population of 44 million, Argentina has so far recorded 1,975 cases of Chinese coronavirus leading to 70 fatalities.