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    Indonesian gravediggers under strain as COVID-19 burials surge in Jakarta
    Published: 9 hours ago
    By Heru Asprihanto and Stanley Widianto

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Gravedigger Junaedi Bin Hakim toils until nearly midnight almost every day in a Jakarta cemetery, preparing plots for fellow Indonesians amid a renewed spike in coronavirus burials.

    "I am worried and scared but this is part of my job and responsibilities," said 43-year-old Junaedi, who prior to the global pandemic routinely left work at 4 p.m. to spend time with his young family.

    Jakarta has been the epicentre of the outbreak in Indonesia, where authorities have struggled for months to contain the virus. The country has reported nearly 245,000 cases, including 9,553 deaths, the highest levels in southeast Asia.

    Unlike many other Asian capitals, Jakarta authorities did not impose a strict lockdown, opting for more calibrated social restrictions, an approach that some health experts have said was too lax.

    After an initial surge at the start of the pandemic, burials in Jakarta dropped to around 20 to 30 on average per day in July and August. But they shot up in September to between 50 and more than 60 per day, data from the city government showed...



    COVID-19: Indonesia logs record single-day infection spike of 4,176
    Nina Loasana The Jakarta Post Jakarta /
    Mon, September 21, 2020 / 05:25 pm

    Indonesia recorded 4,176 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a new daily record spike that brought the total number of infections nationwide to 248,852 so far.

    The spike, which continues the trend of increasing numbers of confirmed cases over the past month, came just two days after the Health Ministry reported the country's previous record high of 4,168 cases on Saturday.

    Jakarta, West Java and East Java have consistently been the nation’s hotbeds of contagion, recording 1,352, 680 and 368 new cases on Monday, respectively. The archipelago also saw 124 new deaths from the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 9,677...

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    Indonesians caught without a mask forced to dig graves for Covid-19 victims

    By Mochamad Andri, CNN

    Updated 8:29 PM ET, Thu September 17, 2020

    Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Villagers who refuse to wear masks are being forced to dig graves for victims of Covid-19 by local authorities in one part of rural Indonesia, in the hopes that a little bit of manual labor and empathy will convince others to do their part to help stop the pandemic.

    Though mask-wearing is mandatory in public throughout Indonesia, there has been a vocal segment of the population that has been reluctant to wear masks and practice social distancing.


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      Per MoH - 4,176 new cases and 124 new deaths for totals of 248,852 cases, 9,677 deaths