A man mourns at Srengseng Sawah Public Cemetery in South Jakarta on Jan. 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

More Bodies Buried as Indonesia Tops 1 Million Covid-19 Cases

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JANUARY 26, 2021

Jakarta. Indonesia has surpassed one million coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

According to the National Covid-19 Task Force, the country has added another 13,094 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 1,012,350. Indonesia's coronavirus death toll now stands at 28,468 after 336 new Covid-related deaths were recorded.  

As the virus spirals out of control, cemeteries receive more bodies to be buried. The Jakarta provincial government has allocated Rp 185 billion (around $13.1 million) for five new Covid-19 burial grounds in Bampu Apus, Dukuh, Semper, Joglo, and Srengseng Sawah. This does not come as a surprise as the capital city is one of the major virus hotspots.

Earlier this month, Indonesia kicked off the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. With hospitals running out of beds left and right, the government has extended the restriction on public activities in Java and Bali for another two weeks, starting from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. But the soaring infection rate shows the government's efforts to combat the pandemic since last March have yet led to a better condition.

Relatives of the deceased perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the dead at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners perform the Islamic prayer for the dead at Srengseng Sawah Public Cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear carry the coffin of suspect Covid-19 victims at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers in their protective gears carry the coffin of suspect Covid-19 patient. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Flower of death is seen at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A flower seen next to a gravestone. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the grave at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the ground. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A relative of the deceased cries next to the grave at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relatives of the deceased pray for their loved one. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear carry the coffin of suspect Covid-19 victims at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
All wrapped in plastic to follow the Covid-19 burial protocols.  (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relatives of the deceased pray next to the grave at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man prays as the funeral service workers lower the coffin. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Used protective gear is abandoned after the burial at Srengseng Sawah public cemetery in South Jakarta on Tuesday (26/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A used protective gear left on the ground after a burial at Srengseng Sawah Public Cemetery in South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Srengseng Sawah public cemetery is already fulled of COVID-19 victims burial since its opened on Jan, 12, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Srengseng Sawah Public Cemetery is already full of Covid-related burials despite being first opened on Jan. 12, 2021.  (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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