How South African burials have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic

The gravesites of South Africans who succumbed to Covid-19 at Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg on June 28 2020. Image: ALON SKUY
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africans have had to make numerous changes to their lifestyles, from how to worship right down to how the bereaved bury their loved ones.
As South Africa tries to contain the spread of the virus, funerals are allowed to have a maximum of 50 people attending.
As South Africa tries to contain the spread of the virus, funerals are allowed to have a maximum of 50 people attending.
Image: ALON SKUY

The health department warned that as more sectors of the economy reopen and lockdown regulations are eased, resulting in more movement of people, infections will also increase.

SA’s Covid-19 deaths are currently at 2,413 while there are 131,800 confirmed cases.

As SA tries to contain the spread of the virus, funerals are allowed to have a maximum of 50 people attending.

Due to the nature of the virus spreading through contaminated objects, the bodies of those who have died as a result of Covid-19 have to be buried immediately, and the viewing of the body must be kept contactless.

The bodies of those who have died as a result of Covid-19 have to be buried immediately, and the viewing of the body must be kept contactless.
The bodies of those who have died as a result of Covid-19 have to be buried immediately, and the viewing of the body must be kept contactless.  Image: ALON SKUY
South Africa has recorded more than 2,400 Covid-19 deaths.
South Africa has recorded more than 2,400 Covid-19 deaths. Image: ALON SKUY
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how people bury their loved ones.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how people bury their loved ones. Image: ALON SKUY
The gravesites of South Africans who succumbed to Covid-19 at Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg on June 28 2020.
The gravesites of South Africans who succumbed to Covid-19 at Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg on June 28 2020. Image: ALON SKUY
The bodies of those who have died from Covid-19 have to be buried immediately.
The bodies of those who have died from Covid-19 have to be buried immediately. Image: ALON SKUY

By Rethabile Radebe 

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