Sri Lanka's former minister eats raw fish

Dilip Wedaarachchi, Sri Lankan fisheries minister between 2015 and 2019, said he wanted the people. He demonstrated his views by taking a bite out of a whole fish in front of the media.

On October 22, a COVID-19 cluster was detected in Sri Lanka's main wholesale fish market which led to thousands of infections in the country. Since then fish sales have slumped in the island nation, causing serious financial hardship to many in the fishing industry.

Wedaarachchi said that people were going into debt because they could not afford to stage multi-day fishing expeditions.

Video Transcript

DILIP WEDAARACHCHI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I brought this fish to show you I'm making an appeal to the people of this country to eat this fish. Don't be afraid. You will not get infected by the coronavirus. We eat this raw. I will eat and show you.

DILIP WEDAARACHCHI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: Our people who are in the fisheries industry cannot sell their fish. People of this country are not eating fish, and owners of multiday fishing boats cannot afford to go to sea.

They are in debt because they couldn't sell their fish.

DILIP WEDAARACHCHI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]