Indonesian cemetery photo wrongly shared in posts about Sri Lankan coronavirus deaths
An image of a burial ground has been shared in multiple Facebook posts which claim it shows a site for Covid-19 fatalities in Sri Lanka. The claim is false: the image actually shows a cemetery in Indonesia.
The image was shared in this Facebook post published on August 10, 2021.
The caption reads: "Ottamawadi graveyard / Stay safe".
Ottamawadi -- also known as Oddamawadi -- is a burial ground in eastern Sri Lanka that has been designated for the burial of Covid-19 fatalities.
From April 2020 to February 2021, the Sri Lankan government followed a policy of mandatory cremations for Covid-19 fatalities.
The government, however, relaxed the policy in February to permit Muslims to bury their dead in line with Islamic rituals, AFP reported.
A land plot was selected in Ottamawadi to bury Covid-19 fatalities, according to Sri Lankan media outlet Ada Derana.
The claim, however, is false: the image actually shows a cemetery in northern Jakarta.
The article states Indonesia's emergency coronavirus restrictions were extended to 15 regions outside of Java and Bali due to a spike in coronavirus infections.
The photo's caption reads: "Officers bury the bodies according to the Covid-19 protocols at the TPU Rorotan cemetery, Cilincing, Jakarta, yesterday (9/7). Every day the number of victims who die due to the spread of Covid-19 continues to increase."
The location shown in the Jawa Pos image corresponds with the burial site pictured in the misleading posts.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the Jawa Pos photo (R) with similarities highlighted in yellow by AFP:
The photo in the misleading posts also corresponds with this Google street view image of the TPU Rorotan cemetery on Google Maps: