8 people who refused to wear masks forced to dig graves of Covid-19 victims in Indonesia

  • 26 Sep - 02 Oct, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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A group of people in rural Indonesia who refused to wear masks in the fight against coronavirus were forced to dig the graves of people who had died from the disease last week. According to CNN, the punishment was given to a group that included three middle-aged men and five minors. Authorities hoped the act would convince others to be more proactive in slowing the spread of the virus. "There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them," a local official told Indonesia's Tribun News. Each grave was assigned two people, according to the outlet. One person was tasked with digging, while their partner inserted wooden support boards into the holes for bodies. Much like the United States, Indonesia has been dealing with a "vocal" number of people who are purposely rejecting social distancing recommendations and not wearing masks. According to a New York Times database, Indonesia has experienced more than 232,600 cases and 9,222 deaths from the disease. Across the globe, there have been nearly 30 million cases and 942,520 deaths.