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Wike Issues New Guideline On Burial, Violator To Pay N10m Fine

Governor Nyesom Wike has issued a new guideline on burial ceremony in Rivers State, adding that any person who violates the executive order would pay a fine of N10 million.

He noted that the new Executive Order which he personally signed is to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Order, RVSG – 122020, which has been gazetted, issued new guidelines for conducting burials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Section 3 stipulated that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the governor for approval through the Commissioner for Health.

The order, which took effect from June 5 said an application for such burial of person that died from February 1, 2020, must be accompanied by a death certificate showing whether or not the death was related to COVID-19.

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Section 4 of the order said: “The applicant shall pay a penalty of N10,000,000 to the government of Rivers State for any breach of the conditions, guidelines or protocols specified in the approval and set out herein”.

It said where the person died of coronavirus must hold between 9 am to 12noon, not more than three hours with not more than 50 persons including family members in attendance.

The order further also provided that every person attending the burial must maintain social distancing of not more than two metres adding that all surfaces and enclosures must be decontaminated after the burial.

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