Health Minister: quarantine behind delays in release of bodies to relatives

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    Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says quarantine is to blame for instances of delays in the release of bodies of COVID-19 victims.

    Responding to a question in the Senate today, Mr. Deyalsingh claimed that while the actual period of storage time for bodies varied, the average time ranged from one to five days.

    He also claimed that in instances where the time was longer, it was due to the fact that the next of kin was in quarantine.

    The Minister says while other family members have asked to receive the bodies, it can only legally be released to the next of kin.

    Also facing questions in the Senate today was Social Development Minister Donna Cox, who said there was no cap on the number of grants provided by the state to help families who have difficulty in meeting funeral costs for relatives.

    She adds that the grants are meant to assist and are approved following an assessment.