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Local Authorities Order Anti-Maskers To Dig Graves For COVID-19 Victims In Java, Indonesia
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Local Authorities Order Anti-Maskers To Dig Graves For COVID-19 Victims In Java, Indonesia

Tons of people are still refusing to wear masks and it’s starting to seem like there’s nothing we can do to prove them wrong. Even scientific facts aren’t able to change these people’s minds. So, what should the authorities do about the situation? How should the individuals violating the rules be punished?

Well, apparently, the local authorities of Java in Indonesia have an idea. Officials in Gresik regency, East Java, came up with a unique way to punish locals for not following the rules. 8 anti-maskers were recently forced to dig graves for COVID-19 victims for refusing to wear masks.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesian anti-maskers are subject to fines or community service as punishment

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The one who came up with this idea was the head of Cerme district, Suyono. “There are only three available grave diggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work for them,” Suyono told Tribun News. “Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations.”

The local authorities came up with a creative way to punish those refusing to wear masks

Image credits: ZUMAPRESS.com

Those 8 anti-maskers were assigned to dig graves in groups of two, but it wasn’t mandatory for them to participate in the following funeral services.

Since there’s a shortage of gravediggers, Cerme district head ordered 8 rebels to dig graves for COVID-19 victims

Image credits: ZUMAPRESS.com

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country is still growing. Yesterday, there were 3,141 new cases registered, taking its total number of cases since the pandemic began up to 221,523. Moreover, from today, Java’s capital Jakarta has been placed under stricter social restrictions in order to control the spread of coronavirus.

In Cerme, the number of coronavirus cases has been continuing to rise

Image credits: ZUMAPRESS.com

Turns out, social, economic, religious, cultural, and academic activities have all been restricted. Only 11 essential sectors including food, construction, and banking are allowed to operate with health protocols and 50 percent of usual staffing. Schools, parks, recreation sites, and wedding reception venues were closed entirely, while restaurants and cafes are limited to takeaway and delivery service.

From September 14, Jakarta has been placed under stricter social restrictions

Image credits: thejakartapost.com

Here’s how people on the internet feel about this kind of punishment

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Linda May
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm from Indonesia. This punishment probably seems like effective way to make resident using face mask, but in reality, there's sooo many people surround me that is STILL not wearing a face mask. So sad. (Sorry for my bad english..)

Evil Little Thing
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your English is better than the American president's.

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Richard Brown
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should also make them work in hospitals doing grunt work such as cleaning beds and fetching and carrying in the COVID-19 wards. Maybe watching others suffer will drive the point home further and provide the much-needed help the hospital staff need. Sure could do with that everywhere around the world.

Leo Domitrix
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We're seeing a surge again in Covid-19 as school starts. Anti-maskers should be forced to walk without any PPE through a Covid-19 ward ,cleaning bedpans, sponge-bathing patients, and scrubbing the ick off the floors. IMHO. Medical here, so I have no patience for the "it's a hoax/it's not dangerous" types. FLU is dangerous and it's been with humanity for millennia possibly; Covid's barely had a year. We have no idea where it could go/what it could do. And long-term effects for survivors can be pretty nasty, sooooo..... Yeah. No PPE, and clean the floors with bare hands in a Covid-19 ward. You learn right quick how far a cough travels when there's blood in it and you can see the spatter.

Leo Domitrix
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK, admitted, some flaws, but we'll give 'em a decontamination shower with chlor-hex? ... *sigh*

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Linda May
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm from Indonesia. This punishment probably seems like effective way to make resident using face mask, but in reality, there's sooo many people surround me that is STILL not wearing a face mask. So sad. (Sorry for my bad english..)

Evil Little Thing
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your English is better than the American president's.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should also make them work in hospitals doing grunt work such as cleaning beds and fetching and carrying in the COVID-19 wards. Maybe watching others suffer will drive the point home further and provide the much-needed help the hospital staff need. Sure could do with that everywhere around the world.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We're seeing a surge again in Covid-19 as school starts. Anti-maskers should be forced to walk without any PPE through a Covid-19 ward ,cleaning bedpans, sponge-bathing patients, and scrubbing the ick off the floors. IMHO. Medical here, so I have no patience for the "it's a hoax/it's not dangerous" types. FLU is dangerous and it's been with humanity for millennia possibly; Covid's barely had a year. We have no idea where it could go/what it could do. And long-term effects for survivors can be pretty nasty, sooooo..... Yeah. No PPE, and clean the floors with bare hands in a Covid-19 ward. You learn right quick how far a cough travels when there's blood in it and you can see the spatter.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK, admitted, some flaws, but we'll give 'em a decontamination shower with chlor-hex? ... *sigh*

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