Funeral service worker performs adzan as a part of the Islamic funeral ritual at Padurenan Public Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

W. Java Cemetery Opens New Burial Ground to Keep Up With Covid-19 Death Spike

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 19, 2021

Jakarta. Padurenan Public Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java has opened a new burial ground on Friday after a fresh wave of Covid-19 victims' bodies quickly filling up its old burial spaces. 

Since the beginning of the week, the cemetery has been receiving about 9 to 10 bodies of Covid-19 patients every day, double the number in the previous few weeks.

Funeral service workers in protective gear work overtime to ensure the victims were properly buried. Still, the cemetery often had to reject two or three bodies that arrived late on the day, either due to incomplete paperwork, bad weather, or that the workers did not have the energy and time to dig the extra burial holes.

The cemetery, located about 33 kilometers to the southeast of Jakarta, still had a 9-hectare empty plot of land for burial grounds, enough for more than 13,000 graves.

West Java has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks as Indonesia saw a new pandemic wave. West Java reported 2,104 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing up the total cases to more than 342,000 cases, the second-highest in Indonesia after Jakarta. The province also reported 15 deaths on Saturday, increasing the death toll to 4,547.

Experts suspected increasing mobilities after Idul Fitri holiday, compounded with new, more infectious virus variants and deteriorating discipline in implementing the health protocols, were the main reasons behind the spike. 

Health worker delivered two plastic-wrapped coffin of suspect Covid-19 patient to Padurenan Public Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker arrived with two plastic-wrapped coffins of suspect Covid-19 patients at Padurenan Public Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers in their protective gears carry the coffin of suspect Covid-19 patient in Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers in their protective gears carry the coffin of suspect Covid-19 patient in Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners perform the Islamic prayer for the dead at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mourners perform the Islamic prayer for the dead at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the ground during COVID-19 funeral at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the ground during the Covid-19 funeral at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A relative of the deceased cries next to the grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relatives of the deceased consoles each other next to a new grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family of the deceased pray next to the grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family of the deceased pray next to the grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker wears a protective gear at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker wears protective gear at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family of the deceased pray next to the grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family of the deceased pray next to a grave at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker burns used protective gear after the burial at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker burns used protective gear after burials at Padurenan Cemetery in Bekasi, West Java, on June 18, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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