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.
“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.