Indonesian official orders graves of coronavirus victims to be dug by people arrested without masks

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Eight people who have reportedly been arrested not wearing masks in Indonesia are to dig graves for those who died from the novel coronavirus as punishment, a local official said.

The offenders were arrested without a mask in a village in Cerme district in Indonesia’s East Java province and ordered from a local leader named Suyono, whom the outlet identifies as the “sub-district chief. de Cerme ”, to dig graves for COVID. -19 victims at the public cemetery in the village of Ngabetan, according to a translation from Tribunnews.com.

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The Asian country is seeing an increase in COVID-19 transmissions. As of Monday morning, Indonesia had reported at least 248,852 positive cases of COVID-19 and 9,677 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

This photo taken in Jakarta on September 16, 2020 shows gravediggers working at a cemetery for victims of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Pondok Ranggon Cemetery in Jakarta. (ADEK BERRY / AFP via Getty Images)

“There are only three gravediggers available at the moment, so I thought I might as well have these people work with them,” Suyono told Tribun News, according to a USA Today translation. “I hope this can create a deterrent effect against violations.”

The USA Today translation further describes how two people were assigned to each plot – with one person responsible for digging the grave and the other responsible for installing planks of wood.

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They were prohibited from touching the bodies of the victims and from participating in ceremonies.

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