Burying COVID-19 victims adversely affects environment, geology expert tells court

Burying COVID-19 victims adversely affects environment, geology expert tells court

June 8, 2020   09:14 pm

An expert in geology produced a report to the Supreme Court that the burial of persons deceased from COVID-19 infection may cause adverse effects in the environment.

Previously, 12 individuals, including the son of a COVID-19 victim, filed a Fundamental Rights petition claiming that the cremation of persons deceased from the virus is a violation of their fundamental rights.

The petition was heard before the Supreme Court Justices Sisira de Abrew and Yasantha Kodagoda today (08).

Representing Professor Meththika Vithanage, President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena submitted a report compiled by the Professor to the court.

Jayawardena pointed out that according to the relevant report, the virus may enter the groundwater and soil by burying persons who had deceased from COVID-19.

Subsequently, the court postponed the hearing to July 13.

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