Grave crisis in Jakarta as COVID-19 cemeteries run out of space

JAKARTA — The Jakarta administration has allowed bodies of COVID-19 patients to be buried outside of dedicated graveyards.

The coordinator of the Pondok Ranggon COVID-19 public cemetery, Muhaemin, said the new regulation was aimed at addressing a shortage of graves at dedicated cemeteries.

He went on to say that the city administration had drawn up a list of criteria for burying bodies at Pondok Ranggon in East Jakarta or the Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta. “We’re experiencing a grave crisis since Nov. 8.

Now, all COVID-19 cemeteries are full,” said Muhaemin, as reported by antaranews.com on Monday.

To accommodate more bodies, the cemeteries had begun to pla…

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