As the novel coronavirus spread globally, families of coronavirus victims have been told that they would not be allowed to claim their remains for burial.

According to The Punch, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this information.

While speaking during a forum on Thursday in Abuja, the minister disclosed that such corpses are properties of the Federal Government.

He said, “Coronavirus is very dangerous and contagious; there is no medicine for it yet and it is not just capable of killing, overwhelming health care system but it will destroy the economy.

“In some countries, they are putting dead bodies in big refrigerators because the morgues have filled up.

“Nigerians should not forget that this is not the type of corpses that can be claimed for burial because it must be handled by the Ministry of Health.

“It is not a joke; stay at home and stay safe, obey simple instructions of basic hygiene and social distancing, in few weeks, we will resume our normal life.”

There are about 200 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria including two attendant deaths.

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