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CID asked to investigate how letter to ICRC leaked

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been asked to investigate how a letter from the Health Ministry to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was leaked to the media.

The request has been forwarded to the ICRC by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health had sought 1000 body bags from the International Committee of the Red Cross to dispose bodies.

A letter signed by Additional Secretary (Medical Services) at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services Dr. Sunil De Alwis seeking 1000 body bags from the ICRC was leaked on social media this week.

The leaked letter created panic among the public fearing that large number of deaths were expected in Sri Lanka from the coronavirus.

Dr. Sunil De Alwis told Colombo Gazette that preliminary investigations found the letter had not leaked from the Medical Services division.

He said that the letter was private and confidential so the CID has been asked to investigate the matter.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette

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