Officials filmed dumping bodies of COVID-19 victims into hole

WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: Officials have apologised after a video surfaced on social media of workers in PPE kits throwing coronavirus victims wrapped in garbage bags into deep pits.

The video, filmed in India’s state of Karnataka, shows the bodies being dumped with officials confirming to the BBC the footage is authentic.

Video was shared on Twitter by political party Janata Dal Secular.

Officials in India's state of Karnataka dump dead bodies down a hole. Source: Twitter/ Janata Dal Secular

It shows crews carrying bodies in bags before tossing them down a pit and has caused widespread outrage.

One man called the video “really shocking” while another accused those involved of showing “no respect” to the dead.

“This is utterly, utterly shameless,” another man tweeted.

The bodies were of eight people who died from COVID-19. India currently has more than 585,000 cases of the virus and 17,400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Senior district official SS Nakula offered an apology to the families via the BBC.

“We are very hurt by this and we are very sorry,” he told the BBC.

“We condemn the way corpses have been treated.”

He added the bodies “should be handled with dignity”.

Karnataka’s chief minister Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa told NDTV the way the bodies were handled was “inhuman and painful".

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