Handling of foreign deaths to be reviewed, after RoK COVID-19 cremation incident: Ministry

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Handling of foreign deaths to be reviewed, after RoK COVID-19 cremation incident: Ministry


HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese authorities and local administrations will review protocols in dealing with deaths of foreign nationals due to COVID-19, spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng said on Thursday.

She was speaking in response to reports from the Republic of Korea (RoK) Consulate General claiming a man in HCM City, currently the country’s biggest coronavirus hot spot, died of COVID-19 this month and was cremated without the family or the RoK diplomatic mission being notified.

Vietnamese health ministry’s guidelines on handling COVID-19 deaths, issued earlier last year, call for a cremation as soon as possible, with relatives not allowed to be on the same vehicle that transported the body to the cremation site. — VNS

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