Sri Lanka Covid update: So far 605 covid victims buried in Batticaloa

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 - 17:05

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The Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena stated that the bodies of 605 people who died due to corona infection have been buried so far.

He said that the bodies were buried in the Ottamawadi area where burial was permitted.

There have been over 2,250 covid related deaths reported in Sri Lanka. 

Accordingly, 572 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 12 Christians and 7 Buddhists have been buried.

After much debate and speculation, burials were permitted in Sri Lanka. Gazette issued for Burials

Iranathivu island in the Gulf of Mannar was the designated site for burials but it was changed later after protest by several groups. 

The World Health Organization has provided extensive guidance on how the bodies of those who have died from Covid should be handled safely, but points out there is no scientific evidence to suggest cremation should be used to prevent infection.

"There is a common assumption that people who died of a communicable disease should be cremated to prevent spread of that disease; however, there is a lack of evidence to support this. Cremation is a matter of cultural choice and available resources."

More than 190 countries around the world are allowing both cremation and burial.

Two Muslim-dominated local councils in the eastern region came forward to provide a burial site and accordingly the first two bodies were buried in the Ottamavadi area in the Batticaloa district.