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Jakarta Post

Dying alone: Virus keeps families away from loved ones

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  12:41 am

For many who have confronted grief in the face of the death of a loved one, we have at least one thing to be grateful for: being able to be at their bedside so they do not have to die alone.

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc in the world with the number of infections rising rapidly to 400,000 with more than16,000 deaths, this all changes.

“The sad thing for suspected COVID-19 patients is they have to die alone, catching their last breath alone,” read a post on Instagram account @nonznonzon Monday morning.

The account owner, Leonita Triwachyuni Agustina Sutrisna, is the daughter of the late professor Bambang Sutrisna, a renowned lecturer at the School of Public Health at the University of Indonesia and an epidemiologist.

Bambang who was quarantined at Persahabatan Hospital, East Jakarta, a referral hospital for COVID-19, after ex...