THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has issued a ban on the movement of dead bodies for burial around the country.
The restrictions follow a spike in local and community infections and deaths post the festive season which have seen the number of active cases jumping to 8388 while cumulative cases stand at 21,477. The COVID-19 death toll has risen to 507 amidst indications that country also lost a total 127 people to Covid-19 over the past seven days.
In a statement, Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the ban on transferring and transporting dead bodies was effective immediately.
The ZRP advises the public that the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has informed the police of immediate restrictions imposed on the movement of dead bodies for burial in the country.
“According to health officials, a body will now be buried in the town/city the death would have taken place. This is being done in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, the police will only clear body movements for burial straight from a funeral parlour/hospital mortuary to the burial site,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
He added that body was also banned with immediate effect and bodies will no longer be taken home.
“The public is implored to keep a distance as the body is lowered into the grave by either city health or funeral parlour officials. The grave site will be disinfected before burial.
“Police commissioners in all provinces have been advised to ensure that the government directive is complied with. The public is accordingly informed of the important message.”
Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate has dropped to 58.6%, down from 95% that recorded towards the end pf the first wave in October 2020.