A new regulation gazetted by the Government has made it mandatory to cremate victims of the coronavirus.
The gazette notice notes that the corpse of a person who has died or is suspected to have died, of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) shall be cremated.
The regulation notes that the cremation must take place at the temperature of 800 to 1200 degrees Celsius for a minimum period of forty-five minutes to one hour for complete burning, for the purpose of prevention of any potential biological threat.
The cremation must also take place at a cemetery or place approved by the proper authority under the supervision of such authority, in accordance with the directions issued by the Director General of Health Services.
No person shall handover the corpse of a person who has died or is suspected to have died of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to any person except to persons who undertake the necessary duties of cremation, nominated by the proper authority.
The attire and the non-reusable personal protective equipment used by persons who handle the corpse at such cemetery or place, should be incinerated by placing them with the coffin during cremation.
The reusable equipment should also be properly decontaminated and disinfected in accordance with the directions issued by the Director General of Health Services.
The ashes of the corpse can be handed over to the next of kin, at the request of such next of kin. (Colombo Gazette)