The Coronavirus epidemic in India is severe, and dozens of remains suspected to be from Uttar Pradesh appeared in the Ganges earlier. According to Uttar Pradesh government documents seen by Reuters, local officials admitted for the first time that some people who died of covid-19 and other diseases had their bodies thrown into the river instead of being handled according to proper rituals.
Singh, a senior official in Uttar Pradesh, confirmed the source of the floating corpses in a memorandum sent to regional leaders last Friday (May 14). Religious beliefs in the community, and families fear that the corpse will spread the coronavirus.
The memorandum requires village officials and police to prevent people from continuing to throw their bodies into the river. The state government will pay 5,000 rupees (approximately S$91) for each impoverished deceased’s family to properly cremate or bury the corpse.
Earlier, there were reports that as many as 2,000 bodies of suspected coronavirus deaths were recently found in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, but the spokesman of the Uttar Pradesh government, Saigar, denied the incident on Saturday (15th).
In the past two weeks, about 4,000 people died of covid-19 every day in India.