India coronavirus officials says ‘sorry’ after video shows bodies thrown into pit

Officials in the south Indian state of Karnataka have apologised after footage showing officials dumping bodies of Covid -19 victims caused anger.

The videos circulated on social media showed workers in PPE kits dumping bodies wrapped in black garbage bags into deep pits.

Officials in the state’s Bellary district disclosed that the footage was genuine and apologised to families of the victims.

The bodies were of eight people who had died of Covid-19 days earlier.

Karnataka has seen more than 246 deaths due to Covid.

Nonetheless, it has been pick out as one of the states that has been more successful in tracing and containing the disease.

“We have issued a letter of unconditional apology to the families of the dead. We are very hurt by this and we are very sorry. We condemn the way corpses have been treated. They should have been treated more humanely,” senior district official SS Nakula told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi.

“They followed all the protocols. Where they have gone wrong is not the part of the protocol but the mentality that a dead body should be handled with dignity,” he added.


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