New Delhi: In the light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Ministry of Home Affairs has said earlier that it will pay a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to families of deceased infected COVID-19. Within hours, it issued a revised circular and deleted the compensation clause.
India has confirmed 84 cases of which, over the past two days, there have been two deaths, that of a 76-year old man in Karnataka and a 69-year old woman in Delhi.
On Saturday, the family of 69-year-old deceased woman had alleged that crematoriums were refusing to let the family perform last rites in the premises. After the intervention of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the family was able to cremate the deceased at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium at Kashmere Gate in North Delhi.
The centre had also earlier said that the cost of hospitalization for managing a COVID-19 case will have to be carried out at rates fixed by the state government (in case a patient gets admitted to a private hospital). In the revised circular, this clause was deleted as well.