Placing remains of Covid-19 infected Muslims in containers, commence
The government has prepared five containers with cold storage facilities to place the bodies of Muslims who die due to coronavirus infection until a definite decision is taken regarding their burial.
These containers have been given to the government by a Muslim as a personal donation.
Accordingly, five bodies have been placed in the containers so far.
The Director General of Health Services had sent a letter to the Minister of Justice to provide facilitaties.
The letter requested that the Chief Judicial Medical Officers' Offices in Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy and Negombo and the Ashraf Memorial Hospital in Kalmunai to be provided with five containers with cold storage facilities.
Meanwhile, Galle Additional Magistrate Pavithra Sanjeevani ordered that the body of a coronavirus infected Muslim living in the Deddugoda area in Galle be kept in the cold storage at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital until the decision of the expert committee appointed by the government to decide on the action to be taken regarding the deaths of Muslims due to Covid infection is given.
This was when a complaint filed by the relatives was called for hearing.
Also, a group of Sri Lankan Muslims living in northern Italy protested in front of the Sri Lankan Consulate in Milan seeking permission to bury the bodies of Muslims who die of coronavirus infection.