Burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims allowed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the burials of the bodies of the COVID-19 victims are now allowed in the country. 

In response to a question raised by lawmaker S M Marikkar, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said in parliament the bodies of virus victims will be allowed to be buried, according to the ColomboPage news website. 

In March last year, the Health Ministry had said that the burial of the coronavirus victims could lead to the virus spread. It said the bodies of the deceased, irrespective of their religion, would therefore be cremated. 

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that cremation is a “matter of cultural choice.” 

“It is a common myth that persons who have died of a communicable disease should be cremated, but this is not true,” it added. 

Sri Lanka has required the cremation of all people who die from COVID-19, saying the virus in human remains could contaminate underground water. Muslims and non-Muslims have protested the rule over the past year, calling it unscientific and insensitive of Muslim religious beliefs. The United Nations and the United States have also raised concerns with the government. 

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