The Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists says the recent decision that post-mortem PCR is not mandatory for all deaths, hospital or non-hospital, was due to authorities losing control of the coronavirus and not due to new findings regarding the virus.
Convenor of the Association Ravi Kumudesh addressing a media briefing yesterday said specialists and the Ministry of Health raised major objections when the Muslim community sought to bury their loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19 at the inception and questioned why such objections are not being raised at present over the recent decision.
Kumudesh added human remains also transmit the coronavirus.
He said individuals who succumb to the virus and have not been tested but carry the virus, place people attending funerals at risk.
He charged that decaying bodies are being taken for funeral proceedings after two to three days of being placed at the morgue as PCR tests are not being carried out.