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Sri Lankan minister drinks 'magic potion'

Posted on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 | Comment icon 6 comments

The Hindu Goddess Kali. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Piyal Kundu
A politician who consumed a potion said to ward off coronavirus has since tested positive for the disease.
In a striking example of how blind belief can negatively influence even the highest echelons of government, Sri Lanka's health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi reportedly tested positive for coronavirus this week after endorsing and consuming a baseless herbal remedy produced by a 'sorcerer' who claimed that he had received the recipe from the Hindu goddess Kaali.

The minister's endorsement of the potion had generated significant criticism while also spurring thousands of people into queueing up in the village of Bandara to receive it themselves.

Several other government ministers have also reportedly taken the potion as well.
It is unclear what is in the concoction, however there is absolutely no reason to believe that it has any effect whatsoever on Covid-19, as evidenced by the fact that Wanniarachchi has since tested positive for the virus and is now self-isolating to prevent spreading it further.

Sri Lanka officially approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday for use in the country with doctors warning that frontline medical workers should be inoculated as soon as possible.

There have been several recent outbreaks, including one in a garment factory back in October.

In total, Sri Lanka has seen over 52,000 cases and over 270 deaths.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by diddyman68 on 23 January, 2021, 12:38
I've got some magic beans,wonder if she'd be interested.
Comment icon #2 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 23 January, 2021, 18:17
Given the accuracy of PCR testing  I'm still not sure who is right here.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog on 24 January, 2021, 1:50
Some good money have been harvested, well played sorcerer.
Comment icon #4 Posted by qxcontinuum on 24 January, 2021, 6:45
I hope there was some colchicine inside
Comment icon #5 Posted by Raptor Witness on 24 January, 2021, 21:44
Good grief, just when we thought we had it bad with Donald Trump .... and to think that Sri Lanka was on my bucket list.
Comment icon #6 Posted by kartikg on 25 January, 2021, 10:56
You can test pcr multiple times to eliminate bad results. 

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