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Burials to be delayed until next week despite order is gazetted

Burials of COVID 19 victims are delayed until next week as helath authorities yet to published guidelines despite order has been gazetted yesterday permitting burials, officials said.

Health Ministry officials will meet tomorrow for a discussion in Colombo to finalise the relevant guidelines, a senior ministry official said.

It is expected to publish set of guidelines to follow when performing burials of COVID-19 victims by early next week, he said.

Sri Lanka has ended 11 month long mandatory creamations of COVID-19 dead bodies last night by allowing options of burials and cremations.

The government changed its mind to allow burials after diplomatic intervention by Pakistan and pressure mounted on Colombo by Islamic Countries worldwide.

The new guidelines expected to outline suitable places for burials and other requirements that officials and families have to follow when performing burial rights for deceased victims of COVID-19.

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