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60 bodies to be buried

Funeral homes in Grenada are getting frustrated over the failure of the authorities on the island to give them permission to bury about 60 dead on hand.

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the Funeral Agencies are seeing a daily pile up of bodies and are anxiously waiting on government to give them clearance to put the dead in their final place of rest.

A source who spoke on condition that he was not named said that La Qua Funeral Home has over 30 dead bodies in their possession and the other major funeral agency, Otway/Bailey around twenty-five.

He said that the Funeral Agencies have been engaged in discussions with the High Command of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) for some time now to give them permission to hold funerals but without any luck so far.

According to the source, some of the funeral homes have already prepared a number of gravesides for burials and are ready to put the bodies to rest once permission is given by the Keith Mitchell-led government.

Among the dead still to be buried is former General Manager of Radio Grenada, Raymond Smith. 

THE NEW TODAY understands that several neighbouring islands including Barbados are currently allowing their funeral homes to do burials.

New regulations put in place by Grenada provide for funerals to be held only at gravesides involving ten persons including a priest and some family members.

During a press briefing last week, spokesman for the police, Superintendent Vannie Curwen was asked about funerals but said it was a matter under review by the High Command without giving any specifics.

Grenada is currently under a State of Emergency due to the presence of COVID-19 on the island with 14 persons already tested positive for the deadly virus.

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