Breitbart: Fears the Chinese coronavirus might spread from corpses to nearby populations has prevented the burial of many people in Iraq who have died from the respiratory illness, reports revealed Monday.
Iraqi religious authorities, tribes, and townspeople have been sending the bodies of virus victims back to hospital morgues across the country.
Saad Malik recently lost his father to the illness. According to Malik, multiple cemeteries had refused the man’s burial.
“We couldn’t hold a funeral for him and haven’t been able to bury his body, even though it’s been more than a week since he died,” Malik told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an interview on Monday. Islamic religious tradition calls for a person to be buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours.
Reports indicated that the burial refusals had continued. Northeast of Baghdad – Iraq’s capital – tribal figures prevented a team of health ministry officials from burying four bodies in a cemetery specifically designated for Chinese coronavirus victims. When the health officials attempted to take the bodies to another burial ground southeast of Baghdad, dozens of locals stopped them. MORE