At least eight people who refused to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic have been forced Dig graves for people who have died of Covid-19 in East Java Province, Indonesia, according to a report by the Jakarta Post.
“There are only three gravedigger available at the moment, so I thought I might as well get these people to work with them,” said local politician Suyono Tribune news, based on an English translation by Jakarta Post.
The article states that Anti-maskers who are punished are not forced to handle the corpses, but do the manual labor of digging graves and preparing the plots with wooden planks Support the caskets. Public health officials in the District of Cerme Treat the body with full body protective equipmentto ensure there is no risk of exposure.
Indonesia introduced a national law requiring the wearing of masks in early April. However, this policy was reinforced in July after a surge in cases in East Java and a survey in the region found it 70% of the people in the province did not wear a mask. Indonesia, like many other low and medium ones-incoming countries have made efforts to contain the spread of the virus for reasons that are often central Resources that can limit testing and contact tracking. However, masks are a relatively inexpensive public health measure that can literally save lives.
Indonesia has identified over 222,000 cases and 8,841 deaths from Covid so far this year, and the country recorded 3,141 new cases on Monday alone 118 new deaths for the day. The USA, a much richer country than Indonesiahas identified over 6.5 million cases and more than 194,000 deaths, making it different from other rich countries that have not seen nearly as much devastation.
While reluctance to wear masks for public health protection is sometimes viewed as a unique American problem, there are anti-maskers around the world in countries like Germany, Indonesia, and France. Even Hong Kong has seen some anti-masks Videos go viral, despite the fact that the Hong Kong health authorities were the earliest advisors in the world Citizens to wear masks and already warn mid-January.
“Please take care when you are sick” Dr. Gabriel Leung, founding director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control, said at a press conference in Hong Kong on 21th January. “If you go to a crowded place, put a mask on even if you are not sick because, even if they have a cough or sneeze label, others may still be in touch with you.”
While masks have been shown to slow the spread of the disease, it’s not the only thing that will determine whether a country can bring the pandemic under control. Effective testing, contact tracing, and bans are part of the response that must be used strategically.
The US never considered the idea of a statewide mandatory mask ordinance, largely because President Donald Trump ridiculed the idea and instead left it to the states. But the president has not personally appreciated government decisions regarding masks and large gatherings.
Trump even hosted a large indoor rally in Henderson on Sunday night. Nevada knew that in violation of the state50 person limit for indoor gatherings. Trump sSupporters sitting behind the president mostly wore masks, but photos from the event show that many people did not wear them when the president was off the stage.
But even with masks on, the rally was technically illegal, and the city of Henderson made an overnight statement that the host of the Xtreme Manufacturing event could face fines $ 500 per violation.
New as Bob Woodwards Book with the title AngerTrump knew how dangerous this virus could be in January and yet publicly downsized the problem, often insisting that the virus would miraculously go away at some point.
“It’s in the air, Bob, ”Trump said by phone to Woodward on Feb.7 Audio recordings.
“It’s always harder than touch, ”Trump continued. “You know the touch you don’t have to touch anything, do you? But the air, you only breathe the air. So it’s over. And that is very difficult. It’s very tricky. It’s also more deadly than yours … You know your … even your exhausting river. “
At least 1,550 Americans died of Covid-19 over the weekend. Maybe Trump could go to a local cemetery and dig. At this point, it’s the least he can do.