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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

Last Rites of Died COVID – 19 Victims Done According to WHO Rules

Colombo, 30 March, (

The body of Sri Lanka’s first coronavirus victim, Elangampedige Dharmasiri Janananda, was cremated at the Kotikawatta crematorium on the afternoon of 28 March. The 60-year-old man was a resident of Marawila. He was undergoing treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, at the time of his death.

Director General of Health Services, Anil Jasinghe, said that they had adhered to international quarantine standards as regards Janananda’s funeral.

"The funeral took place under the supervision of a Judicial Medical Officer and Public Health Inspectors," he said, adding that only the relatives of the deceased had been allowed to view his body from a distance.

The deceased had undergone a kidney transplant operation and was also suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Earlier Sri Lanka recorded its first Covid-19-related death on the 28th March, at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Government announced.

Issuing a statement, Director General Health ServicesCololmbo, 30 March, ( said that the deceased had undergone a kidney transplant several years ago. At the time of being admitted to IDH, he had been receiving treatment for two non-communicable diseases, namely high blood pressure and diabetes.

The first Covid-19 patient in Sri Lanka was detected on 27 January in the form of a Chinese national who fell ill when she was departing the country. She made a full recovery and was discharged on 19 February.

The first Sri Lankan with Covid-19, a tour guide by profession, was reported on 11 March and he too made a full recovery and was discharged on 23 March.

According to statistics of the Health Promotion Bureau, the total number confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka has increased today to 120 active cases.

- Asian Tribune -

 Dr. Anil Jayasinghe
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