Taking an herbal syrup to prevent COVID-19 the Minister of Health of Sri Lanka Pavitra Vanniarachchi has contracted coronavirus.
An official from the country’s health ministry confirmed Jan. 23 that Vanniarachchi, who had previously faced criticism for consuming and supporting a coronavirus herbal syrup made by a witch doctor, had tested positive. Now she will have to go into quarantine.
Last December, thousands of people gathered in long lines in the city of Kegalle, northeast of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, to get their hands on the syrup. This came just days after Vanniarachchi and several other government officials publicly consumed it.
For their part, doctors claimed that there was no scientific basis for believing that the syrup was a cure for the coronavirus. Supposedly it contains honey and nutmeg.