An unfinished coffin for coronavirus victim being prepared at the Pondok Kelapa public cemetery in East Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)

Jakarta's Coffin Makers Swamped With Orders in First Month of Pandemic

BY :CATUR NUGROHO

APRIL 10, 2020

As the death toll from Covid-19 climbs in Jakarta – 156 by April 10, more than half of the country's official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak – the capital's legions of coffin makers have been busy filling in orders for simple wooden coffins required to bury Covid-19 victims

A coffin-making workshop near the Pondok Kelapa public cemetery in East Jakarta recently received an order of 500 coffins for coronavirus victims. All of them will be donated to hospitals.

Reports suggest the skyrocketing number of burials in Jakarta in March may reflect more accurately the true death toll from the pandemic than the government's official numbers

Suherman, a 45-year-old coffin maker, said coffins for coronavirus victims have a very simple design to speed up production and cut costs.

The inside of each coffin needs to be covered with aluminum foil to prevent transmissions of the deadly virus. 

A worker prepares a coffin which to be donated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in Pondok Kelapa public cemetery, East Jakarta. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
A worker puts a coat of varnish on a coffin for coronavirus victim. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
A worker polishes a coffin for coronavirus disease victims. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
A worker sands a coffin using a traditional tool. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
Suherman, a 45-year-old coffin maker, prepares coffins ordered to be donated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
Coffin maker Suherman hammers a nail inside a coffin. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
Suherman prepares coffins ordered to be donated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in Pondok Kelapa public cemetery in East Jakarta. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
Suherman hard at work. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
A coffin maker paints a coffin ordered to be donated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
A worker sands a nearly finished coffin. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)

 

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