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Ministry of Health says that it has not taken a decision to change the current procedure of cremation of those who succumbed to COVID-19, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara said.

He said the current decision to cremate corpses of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 was taken by the Director General of Health considering scientific and technical reasons both related to the pandemic as well as the soil in Sri Lanka. He said a circular was issued in this regard. As of this moment there is no change in that decision, Dr. Bandara said.

Meanwhile, he said Sri Lanka still has a chance to avert a major disaster if everyone follows safety precautions to avoid being infected.

Commenting on several reports of suicide incidents reported in the county over fear of virus infections, Dr. Bandara said there is no need to be afraid of Covid-19.

“Nearly 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients recovered completely without showing any symptoms. Most of other patients who recovered experienced some complications such as breathing difficulties and fever,” he said.

He said individual commitment is vital to avoid contracting the Coronavirus.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

 

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  • DillonDP Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:35 PM

    It is a must one should respect religious belief, however, such death due to covid 19 should be handled safeguarding with the interest of the living.

    Ralaharamy Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:45 PM

    When a Rabid dog dies, did you cremate it? It's saliva contains more bacteria than any average other germs. When a TB patient dies did you cremate in the past?

    Kumar Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:11 PM

    When does TB transmit through water or soil? When does a dead dog bite?

    Asanka Tuesday, 10 November 2020 05:41 PM

    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world where burying is forbidden. For no good reason. Only for polical win by Sinhalese nationalists. It makes me very very ashamed.

    SEYED SHERALI Tuesday, 10 November 2020 05:57 PM

    Covid Virus or for that reason any other virus cannot and will not survive on a dead body. It is a mistake to think otherwise. Virus needs living cells to survive and multiply. It is time sanity prevails among the professionals.

    Jacob Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:13 PM

    How does bacteria, worms mutiply in a dead body for sometime?

    altadhamon6@hotmail.com Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:41 PM

    Even more wet soils on the other part of the world are approving burials ...then why

    mackie noohuthambi Tuesday, 10 November 2020 09:01 PM

    in tamilnadu all muslims dying of corona are buried not cremated. but the health department takes care of the burial with having social distance and number of attendees in the funeral is limited. how can this cremation of muslims dying of corona in sri lanka is justified. it is allah who sends the disease, and it is he only heals. believe in god and pray god to withdraw this pandemic from all over the world. all other curing materials are just a formality.

    Amla Gomes Wednesday, 11 November 2020 03:21 PM

    Then why is Allah's followers getting killed with virus. Allah should save all the sick.

    Shawn Wednesday, 11 November 2020 06:25 PM

    If someone had done purposefully,it's biological warfare against mankind,and by God it's symbolize,love kindness like things,this by different one

    Dee Tuesday, 10 November 2020 09:12 PM

    'Sar' please 'Sar'. Even 21st we will do 'Sar'!

    Jacob Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:22 PM

    Do not suffer from jealosy when people address someone with respect without asking. Ask your man/people also to earn it.

    Lokka Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:05 PM

    Are Muslims running the Daily Mirror, because all the comments allowed seems to support Muslim point of view.

    Jonathan Tuesday, 10 November 2020 11:15 PM

    Who is this guy? Health ministry and doesn't even know how to do his job


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