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Body of first Covid-19 victim cremated

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The body of the country’s first coronavirus victim, Elangampedige Dharmasiri Janananda, was cremated under tight security and under international health specifications at the Kotikawatta crematorium a short while ago.

The 60-year-old COVID-19 patient from Marawila who was undergoing treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Angoda, passed away yesterday.(Sandun Jayasekara)


  Comments - 6

  • Mohamed Zarook Mohamed Rizwie Sunday, 29 March 2020 12:02 PM

    R.I.P. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

    Neville Sunday, 29 March 2020 12:03 PM

    In such an event how a Death Certificate could be obtained.

    dinesh Sunday, 29 March 2020 01:18 PM

    the process is handled by the government, the body cannot be handed over to the family for the usual process, hence the cremation.

    sanjeeva Sunday, 29 March 2020 08:10 PM

    heartbreaking. rip sir. how unfortunate to lose a life under such circumstances

    Shihan Sunday, 29 March 2020 09:23 PM

    Deepest sympathies

    Very Sad Monday, 30 March 2020 04:19 PM

    Given that Sri Lanka has recorded just one death (as of 30/3), the authorities could have gone the extra mile to have the members of his family present at the cremation. Additionally, if the family so desired they could have had a small religious ceremony (my guess is that he was Buddhist). Yes, I understand the gravity of the situation, but, consider Italy / Spain. I trust his family would be greatly comforted at this time of immense sorrow.

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