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Liberia eases Ebola cremation order

Liberia's government is easing up on its order that all Ebola victims' bodies be cremated after authorities purchased a plot of land to bury them.

Ciatta Bishop, head of the national Ebola burial team, said the government has secured a 25-acre parcel of land.

The Liberian government had ordered that victims be cremated at the height of the crisis because corpses are highly contagious.

Many of those who washed or touched bodies before their burials contracted Ebola.

The cremation decree is highly unpopular in Liberia, where funeral traditions are carefully followed and are considered a sacred obligation to the dead.

More than 2,000 suspected Ebola victims have been cremated so far.

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