Burial for victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is allowed but should be done within 12 hours, according to the guidelines implemented by the Department of Health (DOH).
“We are still following our Code on Sanitation dito sa ating bansa and ang Law for Notifiable Diseases. Nakalagay dito na ang isang pasyenteng mamamatay sa infectious disease, kailangan within 12 hours mailibing natin, (We are still following our Code on Sanitation and Law for Notifiable Disease in our country.It is stated that a patient who succumbed to an infectious disease should be buried within 12 hours),” according to the statement of DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.
The protocols for the burial of COVID-19 victims is based on the Department Circular No. 0067 released in February.
Vergeire also said the casket should be double sealed and should not be reopened once it is closed. She added that buried remains of patients infected with the novel coronavirus shall not be exhumed for whatever reason.
The DOH said they are aware of the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths and the long queues in crematoriums. There are also reports of dwindling supply of urns. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that home quarantine is still allowed provided it passes strict health and safety guidelines.
DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said a home quarantine should meet several conditions otherwise a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient should stay in the isolation facilities provided by their local government.
“Kailangan may sarili silang kuwarto at may sariling banyo sa bahay. Pangalawa, masisiguro na may adequate monitoring sa kanila. Kung hindi natin maco-comply conditions, the best pa rin talaga ang Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (They need to have their own room and bathroom at home. Secondly, there should be adequate monitoring. If they cannot comply with the conditions, it is best if they are transferred to the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility),” she said.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on Sunday (July 12) discouraged home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients due to the risk of spreading the disease at home. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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