Protocols for mourners who have to bury their loved ones amid the territory’s existing restrictions are expected to be released shortly, government officials have said.
The BVI has experienced more than 20 COVID
-related deaths since the beginning of the current COVID
-19 spike that has seen more than 1,500 people recently testing positive for the virus.
Health Minister Carvin Malone said on public radio Tuesday night that there was a weekend meeting with the coroner after many persons expressed concern about how they will be able to bury their loved ones.
He said the coroner met with entities including the police, BVI Health Service Authority, Civil Registry, Department of Disaster Management, Health Ministry officials and the Chief Medical Officer to discuss details related to the proper protocols for burials at this time.
According to Malone, details on this are expected to be revealed sometime today or Thursday, July 22.
“There is nothing that is going to be worse than to live through this (COVID
-19 deaths) and then not have the proper rites in terms of how we address this,” Malone said.
He added that the issue of getting burials started is critical. The minister offered that these need to be done in a way that is pleasing to all parties concerned.