Covid rule breakers without face masks forced to dig graves and get into coffins

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Covid rule breakers without face masks forced to dig graves and get into coffins

People in Indonesia who broke coronavirus rules have been bizarrely punished.

Rule breakers are forced to dig graves and lie in coffins as the country continues to battle rising infection rates.

The perpetrators have the option to pay a fine of 150,000 Indonesian rupiahs (£ 7.83) or a coronavirus community service.

If the perpetrators decide to do community service, they have to wear a high-viz jacket with “transgressor” on the back, reports Sky news.

Loudspeakers on the side of a truck will announce they have broken the rules and will then be taken to a cemetery.

In Jakarta, some people had to lie in a coffin for a few minutes.

In Gresik, East Java, they are helping dig the graves, and one group even took turns lying in an ambulance that had taken coronavirus patients.

East Java had the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Indonesia. The authorities have now decided to take a stand and set an example for people.

Indonesia has one of the highest coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia.

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Suyono, head of Cerme from Gresik, said: “The cemetery scares people and if they are scared, they won’t break the rules and wear a mask.”

Suyono claimed in June that a pilot of 20 rule violations had been shared on social media, causing the number of violations to decline.

He said this could save lives.

One villager caught without a mask said he was “scared and upset” when he was taken to the cemetery.

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Affandi said: “It was hot and I was scared

“When I wear a motorcycle helmet, it’s difficult to wear a mask. It hurt my ears. It’s my fault and cleaning the grave is fine.”

Officials said more than a million people across the region broke coronavirus restrictions in the past three weeks.

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