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.