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Maldives offers to bury Sri Lankan Covid-19 victims

The Maldives Government, last week sent an official communiqué to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, stepping in to bury COVID-19 victims following serious concerns raised by the Muslim community here over the mandatory cremation only policy in Sri Lanka.

The Muslim community has charged that cremations of Muslim Covid victims is against their religious beliefs.

Deputy Director-general of Public Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said the Foreign Ministry has informed the Health Ministry to develop guidelines and look into the feasibility of such a request in order to dispatch a reply soon.

“The Maldives has stepped in to facilitate this process because they are broken up into islands and do not face the same issue as us.the Maldives Government has offered to bury the dead bodies in one of their islands.the Health Ministry will prepare its guidelines and hand over to the Foreign Ministry so that they can respond officially,” Dr. Herath said.

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