Monrovia - The Liberian government is ordering that all
corpses of Ebola victims must be cremated as fears rise that the disease could
be spread by bodies being buried in residential areas.
Information Minister Lewis Brown announced on Monday on
state radio that authorities now will cremate the remains of Ebola victims.
The order comes after a tense standoff erupted over the
weekend when health workers tried to bury more than 20 Ebola victims on the
outskirts of Monrovia.
Authorities said military police officers were called in
to help restore order so that the burials could take place.
West Africa is experiencing the largest recorded Ebola
outbreak in history, with at least 729 deaths blamed on the disease.
Many contracted the disease by touching the bodies of
victims as is tradition at funerals.