Srilankan State Minister of Fisheries has consumed raw fish in order to urge the public to purchase fish without fear. Addressing a media briefing at the Opposition Leader’s Office today, the former State Minister said that the biggest favor the public can do for the fishermen community at present is to purchase fish supplies. Pointing out that the fishermen community has been severely affected as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Weddarachchi said that they can only be helped by the public purchasing fish.
Sri Lanka’s main fish market was closed recently and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows. Health authorities also temporarily closed the island nation’s main fish market after over 200 traders tested positive. Hundreds of other traders at the market on the outskirts of Colombo are being tested for the coronavirus.
Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of more than 1000 coronavirus cases linked to the country’s main fish market. Without being able to sell the little goods that they catch, the fishermen report that their livelihoods have been severely impacted and that they have been pushed into poverty.
He further said that it was the duty of the Government and the Health Ministry to advise the public in this regard.
The former State Minister of Fisheries is reported to have consumed raw fish that was brought by him in the midst of the media briefing, where he pointed out that they were fresh raw fish.