Over 590 temples throughout Thailand offer free cremation services

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Free cremation services for those who die from COVID-19 are at 62 temples in Bangkok, 124 temples in and around the capital and 407 in the rest of the country.

According to Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, Over 590 temples throughout Thailand are offering free cremation services for those who die from COVID-19, as the national death toll continues to rise.

These include 62 temples in Bangkok, 124 temples in and around the capital and 407 in the rest of the country.



Many temples in and around the capital are currently overwhelmed with cadavers waiting to be cremated and some crematoria have broken down or collapsed due to overheating.

Mr. Anucha said that several temples have offered space in their grounds for conversion into field hospitals or pre-admission facilities, to accommodate the infected before they are sent to general hospitals if their condition worsens.



118 such facilities on temple grounds are now ready to open.

The minister also said that the National Office of Buddhism has been instructed to supply these temples with protective PPE suits and disinfectants and to arrange for the vaccination of monks, undertakers and other temple staff. (NNT)