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PM tells Parliament:

COVID-19 burials to be permitted

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday that permission would be granted for the bodies of COVID victims in Sri Lanka to be buried.

The Prime Minister was speaking in response to a question raised by MP S.M. Marikkar.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP S.M. Marikkar pointed out that the State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control, (Dr.) Sudarshani Fernandopulle had informed Parliament on Tuesday that COVID-19 does not spread through water.

Therefore, MP Marikkar questioned the Government as to why it was still not allowing the burial of the remains of Muslim COVID-19 victims in keeping with their religious practices and beliefs.

The Prime Minister responded by saying permission will be granted for the burial of the bodies of COVID-19 victims. The Muslim community claimed that cremation was against their religious beliefs and called on the Government to halt forced cremation and permit burials in line with World Health organization guidelines with regard to COVID-19 as practiced in other countries.


Pakistani PM welcomes assurance

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance allowing Muslims to bury those who died of COVID-19.

“We welcome Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance given in the Sri Lankan Parliament today allowing Muslims to bury those who died from COVID-19”, the Pakistani Prime Minister tweeted.

The Pakistani Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on a two day official visit on February 22. He is the first Head of State to visit the country this year.