A woman prays next to a grave at the Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta – one of two public cemeteries designated for coronavirus victims in the capital – on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Space Running Out for Coronavirus Dead at Jakarta Cemetery

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 23, 2020

The Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta is starting to run out of graves to bury Covid-19 victims

On Wednesday, a worker at the cemetery said every day they bury up to 20 victims of the pandemic. "We're worried there might not be enough space here to bury all of them," he said. 

According to data from the Jakarta provincial government, the number of coronavirus cases in the capital has continued to climb every day. 

However, the number of funerals for Covid-19 victims has actually decreased.

In recent days, there have been on average 30 burials of coronavirus victims every day, down from around 50 per day earlier during the pandemic.

Aside from Pondok Ranggon, the provincial government has also designated the Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta for Covid-19 victims.

As of Wednesday, Jakarta has reported 3,112 confirmed coronavirus cases, 237 recoveries and 297 deaths.

A total of 1,826 people are still in hospitals being treated for Covid-19 and 752 are in self-isolation at home.

Jakarta is currently under a large-scale social restriction (PSBB) for the next 28 days to try to break the transmission cycle of the coronavirus. This second phase of the PSBB began on April 24 and will last until May 22. 

A funeral service worker gestures outside an ambulance car carrying covid-19 victims coffin at Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker stands outside an ambulance carrying the body of a Covid-19 victim at Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Leonardo da Vincis Last Supper seen at a coffin in Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A sticker of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' is seen on a coffin being lowered into the ground at Pondok Ranggon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Worshipers make the pilgrimage to the graves of loved ones in Pondok Ranggon public cemetery, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family visits the grave of a relative at Pondok Ranggon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta, is starting to run out of empty space to bury covid-19 victims on Wednesday (23/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family prays next to a recently filled grave at Pondok Ranggon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the grave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear lower a plastic-wrapped coffin into a grave at Pondok Ranggon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Worshipers prays at graves of their loved ones in Pondok Ranggon public cemetery, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors pray next to a grave at Pondok Ranggon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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