New Delhi: The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with the most heartbreaking moments with near and dear ones parted not to see again each other, children seeing parents’ funeral online etc. Also Read - 'No Mask No Movement': Rajasthan Launches New Campaign to Break Chain of Coronavirus in State

In a similar strain, a COVID positive patient who passed away on April 20 was denied the last rites by his family members. Finally, Gulab Singh, a tehsildar, performed the last rites in Bhopal. “Although we provided PPEs, his family said the deceased had one son and they couldn’t risk his life. However, they were present at the site,” Gulab Singh said. Also Read - Coronavirus in India Live Updates April 21, 2021: Free Vaccines in Assam For All Above 18; Delhi Hospitals Run Short of Beds

According to government guidelines, friends and family of a person who has died from Covid-19 infection can view the body, but not touch, hug or kiss the deceased. Embalming of the dead body will not be allowed and autopsies should be avoided. However, if an autopsy is unavoidable, stringent infection prevention control practices should be adopted. Also Read - Will Maharashtra go Under Complete Lockdown? Uddhav Thackeray to Make Announcement Today | Live Updates

“Large gathering at the crematorium/burial ground should be avoided as a social distancing measure as it is possible that close family contacts may be symptomatic and have potential to spread the virus” the guidelines said.