New Delhi: As part of the preventive measure, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said that the bodies of coronavirus patients will only be cremated and not be buried. Also Read - COVID-19: 4 Saudi Arabia Returnees Tested Positive in Maharashtra, Transmitted Virus to 21 Family Members

A major decision in this regard was taken as part of the safety measures against the highly contagious COVID-19, which has infected more than 1000 people in the country and has claimed over 29 lives. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200

Issuing a circular, the BMC said that the bodies of all those who died due to coronavirus in Mumbai will be cremated irrespective of the religion of the deceased. Also Read - Lockdown: Maharashtra Govt to Take Care of Migrant Workers, Provide Them Basic Necessities

BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi issued the circular in this regard, saying only five persons can attend the funeral of a COVID-19 patient and rituals of touching the body should be avoided.

“All bodies of COVID-19 patients should be cremated irrespective of religion. Burial will not be allowed. The funeral should not involve more than 5 people,” Praveen Pardeshi said.

He also said that if someone insists to bury the body, they will only be permitted if the body is taken out of Mumbai city’s jurisdiction.