A family of the deceased pray next to the grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Indonesia Holds Moment of Silence for Covid-19 Victims


JULY 11, 2021

Jakarta. Indonesia held a moment of silence on Saturday morning to remember the lives lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The one-minute silence took place on Saturday morning, precisely at 10.07 a.m. local time.


"Stop whatever you are doing and pray for the health workers, volunteers, people, and those who have gone before us," Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said.

The minister hoped the minute's silence could strengthen solidarity during these challenging times. He also called people to pray for the safety of the Indonesian people amidst the pandemic.

According to Arya Sinulingga, the public communication coordinator at Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee (KPCPEN), the moment of silence is not simply a form of expressing grief for the deaths of our loved ones. It also reflects the solidarity and solidity of everyone in society amid this health crisis.

"We must continue to strengthen our solidarity and solidity as a nation in facing the pandemic," Arya said. 

Solidarity and solidity can help the nation overcome any challenge, no matter how tough it is.

"We've faced tougher challenges, but we were able to overcome them," Arya said.

E-commerce Lazada also echoed the call to hold a moment of silence for the Covid-19 victims.

“This moment of silence is a form of respect for the frontliners guarding Indonesia, the health workers, volunteers, workers of critical and essential sectors, religious leaders, and the public,” Lazada Indonesia public policy and government affairs head Waizly Darwin.

We can get through the pandemic as long as everyone plays their part by complying with the health protocols.

“Stay at home and put off your travels. This is already one way to help combat the pandemic,” Waizly said.

As of Saturday, the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of 65,457 people in Indonesia.