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Jakarta expands graveyards as COVID-19 death toll mounts

JAKARTA: As deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic mount in Indonesia, the capital’s graveyards are increasing to maintain up.

Struggling since final March to get the coronavirus underneath management on the earth’s fourth most populous nation, Indonesia has now surpassed 1 million confirmed cases and greater than 30,000 deaths, the very best in Southeast Asia.

Ivan Nurcahyo, a spokesman for the Jakarta parks company, mentioned six new graveyard areas had been added in numerous areas throughout town, with three already in use.

“In the past two weeks, and in the past few months, there has been a spike in a few areas where the burials have been carried out with (COVID-19) protocols,” he mentioned.

Aerial view shows heavy vehicles working for opening a new cemetery area for the COVID-19 victims i

An aerial view reveals heavy autos working to open a brand new cemetery space for COVID-19 victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb 3, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

The rising death toll, which public well being consultants say is probably going far greater than the official figures, meant COVID-19 victims might be buried in household plots to take up much less house.

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“At the moment, in other cemeteries, we offer an option called a ‘stack system’ where the victim can be buried together with their family member or relatives,” he mentioned, including that the choice solely utilized if a brand new corpse was “stacked” in a grave above a relative who had died greater than 5 years in the past.

At Rorotan cemetery in North Jakarta on Wednesday (Feb 3), bulldozers have been busy clearing land for the extra plots.

“Part of the area is used as a public cemetery and we are also preparing a new large burial area (for COVID-19),” mentioned Nurcahyo. “In Rorotan there is an area of around 25ha and we plan to allocate 8,000 sq m.”

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