The Italian Embassy for Sri Lanka in an announcement stressed the propagation that the bodies of the deceased in Italy due to COVID-19 are burned naked and disposed without any religious obtainment is completely false.
Although the deceased due to the disease are not allowed for common funeral affairs, they still may be carried out in keeping with their religious beliefs with participation of a group of closest relatives, it said.
Also, the funeral rites of the deceased persons (buried in coffin or pot containing ashes) are to be solemnized by the government in accordance with the funeral customs laid down in Italian culture and the standard law, it added.
The statement further adding stated that neither anyone who had come to Sri Lanka from Italy illegally had obtained a visa from the Embassy nor had requested for one.
It was DIG Ajith Rohana, a spokesman for the Presidential Task Force on Preventing COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, who had publicly stated that the bodies of the deceased in Italy due to coronavirus are loaded naked in lorries and dumped into the pit with a wire hook.