Concern as Covid-19 positive body has been stored in hospital for two months

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The body of an unknown person who died of Covid-19 has been stored for two months in the Northdale Hospital mortuary, and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union has now threatened to shut down the hospital if it is not removed.

KZN Department of Health spokesperson Ntokozo Maphisa confirmed that the body has not been claimed, and that the hospital “has had challenges with the identification of the body by next of kin or close relatives of the deceased, which is why it is still being kept at the facility’s mortuary”.

He added that the body “is being kept in a separate location — in keeping with Covid-19 regulations — while the search for relatives continues”.

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