The Sri Lankan government has insisted that corpses be burned, and has rejected international and scholarly demands that Muslims be allowed to bury their dead according to their religion.
The government had earlier banned the burial of mothers in the country in April amid the epidemic – because some say burial could damage groundwater and help spread the disease – experts say. that is useless.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no threat, saying both could be buried or cremated – but the Sri Lankan government has denied the allegations.
“This measure will not be changed for social, religious, political or personal reasons,” said National Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
Traditionally, Muslims bury the bodies of their people.
But most Sri Lankans are Buddhists who believe in cremation.