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At least 18 people, who had attended the funeral of a COVID-19 patient, have tested coronavirus positive in Ulhasnagar town of Maharashtra’s Thane district.

Notably, around 70 persons, defying prohibitory orders, had attended the funeral of a 40-year-old woman, who had tested positive for the virus after her death, according to reports.

The woman’s body was handed over to her family with specific instructions to not open the bag, but they opened the wrapped body to perform the last rites on May 25, reports added quoting municipal corporation officials.

The police were first alerted about the funeral, following which the civic authorities were notified, he said.

When the 70 mourners, including close relatives, were tested for the infection, reports of 18 came out positive on Friday, he said.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the deceased’s family for violating provisions of the Epidemic Act, the official added.

In a similar incident earlier this month, when a 50-year-old patient died of the infection, the deceased’s family unwrapped the body to perform last rites and at least 20 people contracted the infection.

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