Sri Lankan lawmaker eats raw fish to promote sales hit by coronavirus – Reuters India

COLOMBO (Reuters) – A previous Sri Lankan fisheries minister bit into a raw fish at a news conference in Colombo on Tuesday to motivate sales following a downturn throughout the coronavirus pandemic.Fish sales in the nation have actually cratered after a significant coronavirus cluster emerged in the Central Fish Market in the outskirts of the capital last month.” Our individuals who are in the fisheries market can not sell their fish. Individuals of this country are not consuming fish,” said Dilip Wedaarachchi, gesticulating with a medium-sized fish.Wedaarachchi, an opposition legislator, functioned as fisheries minister up until in 2015.” I brought this fish to show you. I am making an attract the people of this country to consume this fish. Dont hesitate. You will not get contaminated by the coronavirus,” he stated, before taking a bite out of the whole fish.The break out in the primary wholesale market has resulted in thousands of infections and spread out throughout the country.Tens of thousands of tonnes of fish have actually been left unsold after the marketplace was required to close, and prices plunged as individuals stopped buying and eating fish, a pillar of the Sri Lankan diet.Reporting by Waruna Karunatilake; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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