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

COLOMBO (Reuters) – A former Sri Lankan fisheries minister bit into a raw fish at a news conference in Colombo on Tuesday to motivate sales following a depression throughout the coronavirus pandemic.Fish sales in the nation have actually cratered after a major coronavirus cluster emerged in the Central Fish Market in the outskirts of the capital last month. People of this country are not eating fish,” said Dilip Wedaarachchi, gesticulating with a medium-sized fish.Wedaarachchi, an opposition lawmaker, served as fisheries minister up until last year. You will not get infected by the coronavirus,” he stated, before taking a bite out of the whole fish.The outbreak in the primary wholesale market has led to thousands of infections and spread out across the country.Tens of thousands of tonnes of fish have actually been left unsold after the market was required to close, and prices plunged as people stopped purchasing and eating fish, a mainstay of the Sri Lankan diet.Reporting by Waruna Karunatilake; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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