People who refuse to wear face masks are being forced to help dig graves at a public cemetery in an Indonesian village.
According to the reports, officials ordered eight residents of Gresik Regency in East Jakarta to dig graves at a public cemetery in the Ngabetan village as punishment for not wearing a face mask.
“There are only three available grave diggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” the head of the Cerme district said in an interview with Tribun News.
“Hopefully this can create a deterrent against further violations.”
As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the region, authorities have come up with strict fines for residents who refuse to comply with regulations.
As demonstrated by the officials, residents might also be forced to dig graves for the victims of the virus as part of mandatory community service for not complying with coronavirus measures.
The total cases in Indonesia have recently exceeded 218,000, whereas Jakarta, the country’s capital, has recorded a total of over 54,000 cases as of this writing.
According to Nadi bin Eji, a worker at a Jakarta cemetery, they have carried some 2,600 Covid-related burials since the beginning of the pandemic.
While the total Covid-19 death total in the country is estimated to be over 8,700, the real number of infected and deceased individuals could be much higher due to a lack of testing.
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