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COVID-19: People without masks punished to dig graves for dead victims

COVID-19: People without masks punished to dig graves for dead victims

Local authorities ordered eight people who broke the country’s face mask laws to dig graves for COVID-19 victims, according to a report.

The province of East Java in Indonesia punished the mask violators with the manual labour at a local cemetery in hopes of deterring others from disregarding the nationwide face-covering mandate, the Jakarta Post reported.

“There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” politician Suyono told local media, according to the paper.

“Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations,” he added.

None of the rulebreakers was forced to handle the corpses, the outlet reported. Only local health officials wearing full-body protective equipment are allowed to do so to limit the risk of exposure.

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Indonesia has seen infections on the rise with more than 221,000 cases, including at least 8,841 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

 

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