Guwahati: At least 8 people who did not wear face mask in public place during the Covid pandemic were requested by authorities to dig graves for people who had died from COVID-19 in Gresik regime, East Java in Indonesia.
"There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them," Cerme district head Suyono said.
Suyono said that the people have been asked to dig graves at a public graveyard in Ngabetan village as punishment for not wearing masks in public.
The district head Suyono appointed two people each to help the gravediggers. According to the report, of the two people, one is tasked with burrowing the grave while the other with laying wooden sheets inside the hole to support the corpse.
The authorities are hoping that this will act as a deterrent and people will wear masks.