Gov’t Official in Sri Lanka Eats RAW Fish to Promote Sales

Gov’t Official in Sri Lanka Eats RAW Fish to Promote Sales

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A government official in Sri Lanka encouraged people to buy raw fish following a slump in sales due to COVID-19.

According to Reuters, Dilip Wedaarachchi did it by taking a bite out of a whole fish in front of the media.

The Sri Lankan fisheries minister explained that people will not contract the virus through eating fish.

““I brought this raw fish to show you. I am making an appeal to the people of this country to eat this fish. Don’t be afraid,” said Wedaarachchi.

Tens of thousands of tons of fish have been left unsold after the pandemic forced markets across the country to close.

Prices then plunged as people stopped buying and eating fish, which is a mainstay of the Sri Lankan diet.

Chinese officials, meanwhile, have warned that the coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging.

According to reports, the claim came after discovering a city outbreak linked to frozen fish.

Officials detected and isolated a living sample of the virus on the outer packaging of frozen cod.

They found that Qingdao received the package, where a fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to two dock workers.

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