“Coronavirus Is Changing The Rituals Of Death For Many Religions”

NPR offers this survey of how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the funerary rites of a variety of religions:

The World Health Organization in its March 24 guidance on burials of COVID-19 victims says dead bodies are generally not infectious. But its recommendations that relatives not touch or kiss the body and government rules on social distancing to prevent the spread of disease have upended important funeral and death rituals in virtually all of the world’s faiths.

Just as the United States now restricts gatherings for funerals, so do countries and religious authorities around the world.

Here, some of NPR’s foreign correspondents share details of how COVID-19 has changed traditions in the countries they cover.

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