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Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 4 2021   /  01:00 am
Distance mourning: Family members watch as gravediggers bury the body of a COVID-19 patient at the Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta on Sept.14. At the time, space designated at the cemetery for COVID-19 victims was quickly filling up. JP/P.J.Leo(JP/P.J.Leo)

In Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta, some people who have died of COVID-19 have had to share a grave with their relatives because of a lack of space. Tegal Alur cemetery in West Jakarta is serving as an alternative, and the city government is preparing a 2 hectare plot at the Rorotan public cemetery in North Jakarta for COVID-19 burials, but the double-burial policy may have to be replicated sooner or later if the pandemic continues to claim lives. Since the beginning of the outbreak 10 months ago, Jakarta has remained the epicenter of the country’s crisis. The capital city’s positivity rate – the share of tests conducted that yield positive results – has ranged from 10 to 17 percent since mid-December 2020, far above the World Health Organization’s recommended rate of below 5 percent. In the past month, Jakarta has recorded a number of fou...