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Health authorities can decide on COVID-19 burials - Keheliya

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday said that the Cabinet of Ministers has no right to take any decision on how the funeral arrangements of COVID-19 victims should be made.

“It is unfair to expect a decision from the Cabinet of Ministers over the funeral arrangements of COVID-19 victims as such decisions are taken by the health authorities,” he said.

The Minister reiterated that the Cabinet has not taken any decision with regard to the burial of COVID-19 infected persons though the Cabinet members discussed several proposals made in this regard at the last Cabinet meeting.

He said the President gave instructions to the Health Minister to look into the possibility of burying COVID-19 deceased individuals, at the Cabinet meeting and it does not in any way imply that the Government has given approval for the burial of persons who die of COVID-19.

“The health authorities will decide whether the burial of COVID-19 victims is possible or not in the future,” he said.