Volunteers shroud the body of a Covid-19 patient who died while self-isolating at home in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Bogor Volunteers Brave Enough to Handle Bodies of Covid-19 Victims

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 17, 2021

Bogor, West Java. Hundreds of people die from Covid-19 every day in Indonesia and the daily tally has occasionally topped 1,000 at its peak.

With the highly contagious Delta variant still ravaging and health system nearing collapse, burying Covid-19 victims now becomes a serious problem. Many victims are dying while self-isolating at homes after being turned away by overloaded hospitals.

In the West Java city of Bogor, a group of volunteers called Semboja Team lends their hand to handle the corpses of Covid-19 victims.

They pick up bodies from homes, bathe them, perform Islamic prayer when needed and bury them.

The team was set up by the city government as the municipal hospital and 15 public health centers were unable to monitor more than 6,000 Covid-19 sufferers self-isolating at homes.

The virus has killed more than 72,000 people in Indonesia as of Saturday.

 

A volunteer undertaker puts his personal protective gears as he prepares to go to Covid-19 patients home who die during self-isolation in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A volunteer puts on his personal protective gears as he prepares to pick up the body of a Covid-19 patient in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A coffin is seen outside home of the deceased in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A coffin is prepared for a Covid-19 victim at a neighborhood in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relative of the deceased waits behind the curtain as volunteer undertakers perform Islamic funeral bathe ritual as immidiate measures after death in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A relative looks on behind the curtain as volunteers bathe the body of a Covid-19 victim according to Islamic teachings in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Volunteer undetakers wrap the Covid-19 patients body who die during self-isolation with a plastic bag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Volunteers wrap the body of a Covid-19 patient in plastic according to the health protocol. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners perform the Islamic prayer for the dead in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners perform an Islamic prayer for the dead in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Volunteer undertakers carry coffin along the neighborhood in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Volunteers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 victim along a cramped street in a Bogor neighborhood, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Volunter undertakers transport the deceased to Covid-19 burial site in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The body is transported by ambulance to the burial site in Bogor, West Java on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers bury the coffin into the ground during the Covid-19 funeral at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral workers fill the grave with earth at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Family of the deceased pray next to the grave at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners pray next to the grave at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Family of the deceased sows flowers to the grave at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners leave flowers on the grave of a Covid-19 victim at Kayu Manis Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, on July 16, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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