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Change in mandatory PCRs on corpses (VIDEO)

The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) has issued a new circular yesterday (15) stating that PCR tests are not mandatory for all deaths occurred in the country under Covid Body Management and such PCR interventions, if necessary, can be carried out at the discretion of the judicial medical specialist assigned to the area, revealed Dr. Channa Perera, Chairman of the National Covid Body Management Committee and Judicial Medical Specialist of the Colombo East Base Hospital and the Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda, speaking to media today (16).

Accordingly, all corpses will not be subjugated to PCR interventions, unless the relevant judicial medical specialists recommend otherwise, he noted.

He added that in the early days of the pandemic all infected corpses were cremated, but both cremation and burial were permitted based on the knowledge gained about the virus’s behaviour and that propositions have been made to adopt a relaxed cremation and burial system for the management of these corpses in the future.

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