Italy today thanked Sri Lanka for the numerous expressions of support as the country continues to suffer from the coronavirus.
The Italian Embassy in Sri Lanka also denied some media reports with regards to the coronavirus situation in Italy.
The Embassy said that it is completely untrue that mass burials are being carried in some areas in Italy, and that people in Italy are being buried naked and without religious rites.
“Although it is true that public funerals are not allowed, however loved ones can be mourned by a restricted number of family members in the presence of the parish priest. Each deceased (whether in a single coffin or – in some cases – his/her ashes) is buried individually with all due respect, according to desired religious practices and laws, with utmost respect for the deceased – a custom which is deeply rooted in the Italian culture,” the Embassy said.
The Embassy also noted that the returnees from Italy referenced in recent news publications have never obtained a visa from the Embassy, nor have ever requested one.
At the same time, we would like to express our utmost gratitude for the numerous expressions of support expressed by many of our Sri Lankan friends, the Embassy said. (Colombo Gazette)