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Former Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister eats raw fish to promote seafood sale amid Covid-19 fear

Sri Lanka’s former minister of Fisheries Dilip Weddarachchi went on to do a bizarre taste test to urge citizens to keep purchasing fish without the fear of coronavirus transmission.

In a viral video Mr Weddarachchi  can be seen biting and eating a slice of raw fish to assure people that fish are safe to consume.

While addressing a media conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office, the former minister reportedly took a bite of the ‘fresh, raw’ fish and the act was aimed at shedding light on the plight of the country’s fishing community, which got adversely affected due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier, in October Sri Lanka’s main fish market was closed and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grew.

The government imposed the curfew in parts of the capital and some areas outside Colombo after earlier isolating at least six villages in Western province where the new cluster was discovered.

Health authorities also temporarily closed the island nation’s main fish market after 49 traders tested positive.

Hundreds of other traders at the market on the outskirts of Colombo are being tested for the coronavirus.

Schools and key public offices have been closed, public gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transport. Sri Lanka has reported a total of 5,811 confirmed cases with 13 deaths since March.