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Chinese authorities have ordered all coronavirus fatalities to be cremated “close by and immediately” as infection rates soar. The National Health Commission also banned burials and funerals to prevent the spread of the virus, which has now infected more than 17,300 people in at least 26 countries and killed 362. The vast majority of those deaths have taken place in China, where the disease has left 55 million people in 16 Chinese cities under lockdown and massively disrupted the global economy.
On Sunday the Global Times, which is part of state run media outlet the People’s Daily, relayed a grim new government decree: burn all coronavirus corpses. “Bodies of #nCoV2019 victims should be cremated close by and immediately,” it announced in a tweet, citing the Commission. “Burials or the transfer of bodies is not allowed. Funerals not allowed to avoid spread of the virus.” Bodies of #nCoV2019 victims should be cremated close by and immediately. Burials or transfer of the bodies not allowed. Funerals not allowed to avoid spread of the virus: National Health Commission (File Photo) pic.twitter.com/IsAHnuY4Rk — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) February 2, 2020
09:57 am Feb 2 Discharging medical sewage without first disinfecting it is forbidden; sewage treatment plants must strengthen disinfection efforts amid coronavirus outbreak: Chinese authority.
09:47 am Feb 2 The nCoV2019 is trasmittable via vomit and feces: Chinese researchers.
09:06 am Feb 2 Bodies of nCoV2019 victims should be cremated close by and immediately. Burials or transfer of the bodies not allowed. Funerals not allowed to avoid spread of the virus: National Health Commission.
08:53 am Feb 2 Huanggang, a city bordering Wuhan, the center of the epidemic of nCoV, becomes the second city to thave more than 1,000 people infected with the coronavirus.