dig graves for coronavirus dead

A judge from Gresik, in the Indonesian island of Java, has made a curious decision to teach a lesson to eight people who refused to wear the mask. It has sentenced to dig graves for those killed by coronavirus at the public cemetery in the neighboring town of Ngabetan: “There are only three gravediggers available at the moment, so it occurred to me to put these people to work with them,” the judge declared.

Although the measure may seem gloomy and too harsh, the eight condemned hhave collaborated in the preparation work of the graves but the authorities have ensured that they were not present during the burials.

The sentence included that each grave was made by two of the condemned: one digs while the other places wooden boards in the hole to put the corpse on top. “Hopefully, will create a deterrent effect against infringements ยป, the judge trusts, while the cases of Covid-19 in the region do not stop increasing.

Indonesia has added 3,507 new cases of Covid-19 this Tuesday, so that the global number of infections already rises to 225,030, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Deaths, meanwhile, have increased by 124 to 8,965, the highest number of deaths in Southeast Asia.

The coronavirus pandemic that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has registered almost 380,500 new cases in the last 24 hours, the new daily record for the entire historical series, bringing the total to more than 29.5 million infected people and exceeds 935,000 fatalities, according to the balance published this Wednesday by Johns Hopkins University.

In total, 29,584,330 people have contracted the virus, of which more than half are in the three most affected countries – the United States, India and Brazil – while there are already 935,228 fatalities.

In terms of recoveries, more than 20 million people have already managed to overcome COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. India tops the list, with more than 3.94 million cured patients, followed by Brazil, with more than 3.81 million, and the United States, with more than 2.49 million.