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Coronavirus: People without masks forced to dig graves for victims in Indonesia

  • The health protocol violators were not involved in the actual burialsThe health protocol violators were not involved in the actual burials(AFP via Getty Images)

Eight Indonesians who refused to wear masks have been made to dig graves for coronavirusvictims in a rural province in the country.

Three men and five minors were sentenced to grave-digging duties in in Cerme district of Gresik Regency, East Java on 9 September, officials told Tribun News.

Mask wearing is mandatory in public spaces throughout Indonesia, but the government has given local officials the power to decide on punishments for breaches.

The country has seen some resistance to coronavirus restrictions, with a portion of the population refusing to social distance and wear face coverings to stop the spread of the virus.

In Cerme, authorities give those caught flouting mask-wearing laws the option of paying a fine of 150,000 rupiah (£7.80) or accepting community service, the district’s leader, Suyono said. Most people have opted for the latter, the leader told CNN.

— the independent