Covid-19 victims placed in double body bag

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Individuals who die of coronavirus are placed inside double body bag aimed at minimizing the risk of infection, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said in parliament.

Replying to several questions put forward by Opposition MP Godfrey Farrugia on the subject, Dr Fearne explained that relatives have limited access ailing patients receiving treatment. Relatives are allowed to call the patient and the doctors.

In case the patient passes away while being still positive for coronavirus, the body is placed in a double body bag which is being used to minimize the risk of infection. The use of the double body bag allows relatives to hold a funeral.

Special arrangements are being made for relatives of patients who are administered their last rites.

Patients who test positive for coronavirus are not allowed to leave their rooms and are not allowed any visits by relatives. This is being done to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Patients who wish to have their last rites administered, will have them according to their wishes, Dr Fearne explained.

Autopsy is being carried out on patients who have tested positive for coronavirus just like those who die while they are negative to the virus.

Recently, Dr Fearne confirmed that in 47 cases, Covid-19 was specifically being treated as the “underlying cause of death” when asked by former health minister Farrugia to identify how many Covid-19 victims are believed to have died primarily because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, Ray Busuttil, who had long served as Malta’s Superintendent for Public Health, lashed out at the practice of pallbearers who wear full personal protective equipment to carry the casket of a Covid-19 victim at a funeral, highlighting that this was an “unnecessary charade.”

On Wednesday, the health authorities reported 84 new infections bring the number of active cases is now 1,853 while 2 more fatalities were reported.

If you want to be the first to receive the latest news on the coronavirus in Malta, download the Newsbook APP here.