Coronavirus: Zimbabwe Bans Families from Choosing Where to Bury Their Dead

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe Bans Families from Choosing Where to Bury Their Dead


Zimbabwe’s government on Monday banned families from transporting the bodies of people who recently died to their city of origin for burial — a local custom in the southern African nation — as part of an effort to control the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police [ZRP] advises the public that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has informed the police of immediate restrictions imposed on the movement of dead bodies for burial in the country,” ZPR spokesman Paul Nyathi said on January 11, according to New Zimbabwe.

“According to health officials, a body will now be buried in town/city where the death would have taken place. This is being done in order to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] pandemic,” he said.

“The announcement stops the custom where families take the dead to their areas of birth for ceremonies and burial. Police have also

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