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Grave new world: mourners could be forced to stream funerals online

A ban on public gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak may extend to bereaved families

Gordon Rayner

Funerals of coronavirus victims could be transmitted to mourners over the internet to prevent the spread of the disease if it becomes a pandemic.

Bereaved relatives who have come into close contact with victims would be at greater risk of contracting the illness themselves, meaning they could be discouraged from holding large funerals where they could potentially infect others.

Official pandemic planning documents by the UK government also raise the prospect of crematoriums staying permanently open to cope with up to 50,000 extra deaths a week in the worst-case scenario, with funeral services shortened to allow for more cremations per hour...

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