The Ondo State Government has given an order to decongest the mortuaries at the public hospitals across the state.
It also ordered that mass burial should be conducted for all unclaimed corpses at the state health facilities.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, who disclosed this on Saturday, in Akure, the state capital, said morgues in government hospitals were already congested and if urgent measures were not taken, it would constitute a public health hazard to residents of the state.
According to the commissioner, the government, by taking the action, was not insensitive to the culture, traditions, and feelings of the people.
The commissioner recalled that a circular was earlier issued, stating that there is no prohibition of the burial of the loved ones but that the COVID-19 precautionary measures must be strictly adhered to.