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Murphy, responding to questions about a specialised free-standing mortuary facility at Netcare Umhlanga Hospital said, "not all Netcare hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal have mortuaries".

"Our hospitals therefore have arrangements in place with a number of private funeral parlours to collect deceased patients from our hospitals, in consultation with their families and based on their preference of funeral parlour."


He said they aimed to ensure hospital and funeral parlour workers were not compromised.

"To ensure that the health of those who handle Covid-19 deceased patients at our hospitals and funeral parlours will not be compromised, we adhere to Netcare's comprehensive precautionary guidelines for the management of deceased Covid-19 patients, which are aligned to guidance by the Department of Health."

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Murphy said that, to date, they did not have capacity issues.

"We have generally not experienced any capacity problems with this arrangement, but funeral parlours would be best placed to comment on whether they are experiencing capacity constraints."


He said they would always maintain respect with the handling of those who died of Covid-19.

"Please note that staff at Netcare hospitals will at all times manage deceased Covid-19 patients with respect, including following religious prescriptions where relevant."

News24 reached out to the KwaZulu-Natal health department and queried if capacity at mortuaries was becoming an issue.

Department spokesperson Noluthando Nkosi would not comment on the matter.

"We're not commenting," she said.

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