Jakarta allows burial of COVID-19 victims outside special cemeteries

Jakarta allows burial of COVID-19 victims outside special cemeteries

Funeral officers take out a coffin from an ambulance at the Pondok Raggon Public Cemetery in East Jakarta on Sunday (Dec 27, 2020) (ANTARA/HO-TPU Pondok Ranggon).

The shortage of space for COVID-19 graves has occurred since November 8, 2020. At this moment, space has run out for the burial of COVID-19 victims.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta provincial government has allowed the burial of those dying of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside special public cemeteries.

The special public cemeteries reserved for COVID-19 victims have run out of space for graves for those succumbing to COVID-19, Pondok Ranggon public cemetery official in charge of the burial of COVID-19 victims, Muhaemin stated here on Monday.
The Jakarta administration has issued several criteria for the burial of COVID-19 victims outside the Pondok Ranggon Public Cemetery in East Jakarta and Tegal Alur Public Cemetery in West Java, he remarked.

"The shortage of space for COVID-19 graves has occurred since November 8, 2020. At this moment, space has run out for the burial of COVID-19 victims," he pointed out.

Hence, the management of public cemeteries has allowed COVID-19 victims to be buried in the same graves as their relatives, who had died earlier.

A COVID-19 grave should be 90 centimeters wide and 210 centimeters long in proportion to the size of coffin, he revealed.

"The distance between the grave and resident's well must be at least 50 meters," he remarked.

The other requirement is that the distance between the COVID-19 grave and residential area must be at least 500 meters in accordance with the standard issued by the Directorate General at the Religious Affairs Ministry, he stated.

Five public cemeteries in five administrative cities in Jakarta have allowed the burial of COVID-19 victims in accordance with the set COVID-19 procedure.

Jakarta recorded the addition of 2,058 fresh COVID-19 cases within 24 hours on Saturday (Dec 19), following 2,096 cases registered a day earlier, thereby bringing the tally to 173,929 since the capital city confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases on March 2, 2020.

A total of 2,556 patients recovered from COVID-19 on Saturday, thereby bringing the total recovery count to 156,798, or some 90.2 percent of the total number of confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, 13,949 people were still being treated or isolated, while 3,182 people succumbed to COVID-19, or 1.8 percent of the total confirmed cases.

Jakarta's COVID-19 positivity rate stood at 11.1 percent within the last one week, far above five percent in a week categorized as a safe area by the World Health Organization (WHO). The total percentage of confirmed cases in Jakarta since March 2020 reached 8.6 percent.


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