Covid 19 coronavirus: Restrictions delay Samoa autopsies

Covid-19 related travel restrictions in Samoa have led to a nine-month backlog of bodies at the mortuary as it awaits the services of a forensic pathologist.

The Samoa Observer reports several bodies cannot be released to families for burial unless a post-mortem examination has been done.

Officials say they are working on making arrangements to solve the problem.

Attorney General Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale said pathologist’s trip was cancelled because a new Covid-19 case was suspected from a New Zealand repatriation flight.

She said her office was working closely with the Ministry of Police and Ministry of Health to make arrangements for the post mortem required for bodies of persons whose deaths are suspicious.

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