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“They died in vain, as a result of others who don’t comply with health protocols.” Gravediggers at this cemetery in Indonesia's Jakarta say they’re burying three times as many bodies as they did before COVID-19.

"Those who died ... [died] as a result of others who don't comply with health protocols." Gravediggers at this cemetery in Indonesia say they’re burying up to 30 people a day due to COVID-19.

Gravediggers at Pondok Ranggon cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, say they’re burying three times as many bodies as they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

Gravediggers under strain as COVID-19 burials surge in Jakarta#jakpost 

Indonesian gravediggers under strain as COVID-19 burials surge in Jakarta

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Indonesian gravediggers under strain as COVID-19 burials surge in Jakarta

Indonesian gravediggers under strain as Covid-19 burials surge in Jakarta

Indonesian gravediggers under strain as Covid-19 burials surge in Jakarta

The district's leader proposed the punishment due to a lack of gravediggers in the area.

“There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” local politician and Cerme District head Suyono told Tribun News.

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"We work day and night, all the time, even at dawn." Gravediggers in Yemen struggle to keep up with COVID-19 death toll.

Gravediggers in Yemen's Aden say they’re burying five times as many bodies as usual while the official #coronavirus  death toll remains low due to lack of tests.

The gravediggers of Kano, Nigeria, one of the biggest cities in West Africa, say they are working overtime. And so many doctors and nurses have been infected with the coronavirus that few hospitals are now accepting patients.

The gravediggers of Kano, Nigeria, one of the biggest cities in West Africa, say they are working overtime. And so many doctors and nurses have been infected with the coronavirus that few hospitals are now accepting patients.

The gravediggers of Kano, Nigeria, one of the biggest cities in West Africa, say they are working overtime. And so many doctors and nurses have been infected with the coronavirus that few hospitals are now accepting patients.

As the pandemic’s death toll charges past 10,000 in New York City, funeral directors, gravediggers and others who tend to a body’s final chapter are struggling to keep up. @AP  chronicled the difficult work and the mourning at one cemetery on Staten Island.

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