Seven more bodies of COVID victims buried at Ottamavadi

Seven more bodies of COVID victims buried at Ottamavadi

March 5, 2021   08:48 pm

Seven more corpses of patients who fell victim to COVID-19 have been buried at Ottamavadi area in Batticaloa District today (March 05), says General Shavendra Silva.

Thereby, a total of 09 bodies have been buried within the day at the said location, the Army Commander added.

Sri Lanka on Friday commenced the process of burying COVID victims at Ottamavadi in Batticaloa District, Eastern Province.

The guidelines for burial of COVID-19 victims were issued by the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday (March 03).

Drafting of guidelines was completed after the committee of experts appointed to examine methods for disposal of COVID victims met on February 27. 

Last month, Sri Lanka reversed a controversial mandatory order to cremate the bodies of all those who die of COVID-19. 

The Extraordinary Gazette notification allowing the burial of COVID victims was published on February 25, amending the regulations made by the Minister of Health under Sections 2 and 3 of the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance (Chapter 222).

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