Fake coffin used in Indonesia to punish violators of Covid-19 pandemic protocols

JAKARTA – Indonesian authorities have imposed sanctions for people who violate health protocols imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the capital Jakarta, and there was a fake coffin besides fines and community services to punish violators.

A video circulating online shows two men without masks laying down inside a dummy coffin for few minutes. The public order enforcers (Satpol PP) asked them to obey the health protocols and avoid the risk of infection and transmission of the coronavirus.

“Inside the open coffin, they count from one to 100, so at least in one minute, they were told to contemplate their wrongdoing, because with Covid-19 there is a risk of them being laid inside a real coffin,” Budhy Novian, East Jakarta Satpol PP head, explained.

According to a gubernatorial regulation, failure to wear a mask in public in Jakarta is punishable by fines of up to USD16.90 or 60 minutes of community service. Budhy  said the punishment was spontaneously made and introduced as an alternative to community service.

“Many people were queueing [for community service], and it happened while officers in Pasar Rebo brought a faux coffin. So, we asked the violators to choose between going into the coffin or wait for community service,” he added.

Budhy said he hopes this punishment will have a deterrent effect. “We want everyone to realize that wearing a mask is a must, because if they violate the basic protocols, they could be infected and die in the very worst-case scenario,” he added.

This is not the first time the Jakarta government displayed a coffin as a warning against Covid-19. Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday inaugurated the Covid-19 Monument in Sunter Jaya, North Jakarta.

The monument was built in a form of coffin equipped with information board containing warnings, appeals, and data on the accumulation of Covid-19 cases in the city.

So far, Jakarta has registered a total of 43,400 cases and 1,246 fatalities. (Anadolu)

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