The South African Cemeteries Association is urging municipalities to prepare for a rise in fatalities and to identify burial places.
This as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the country climbs to 11 with over 1,600 infections.
“We issued a guideline to municipalities advising them to get prepared,” said association chairperson Pepe Dass.
The association also says alternative burial methods must be looked at and warns that the country needs to prepare for an increase in coronavirus fatalities.
“There’s not enough information on how long the virus lasts and with regards to burial. What we anticipate is that the bodies will be in plastic. We have to treat bodies as a potential for infection,” he added.
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Source – eNCA