People forced to dig graves as brutal punishment after refusing to wear masks

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People who refuse to wear masks to protect others from catching coronavirus have been forced to dig graves for the dead in an extreme punishment.

Eight rebels in Gresik regency in east Java, Indonesia, were handed the severe penalty at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village.

Two were assigned to each grave to teach them a tough lesson, the village leaders said.

Cerme district head Suyono said: “There are only three available grave diggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them.

“Hopefully this can create a deterrent against further violations.”


Nadi bin Eji, who works in at one of the two graveyards in Jakarta where coronavirus victims are buried said around 2,600 people have been buried since the start of the outbreak.

He works from 7am to midnight burying the dead and is “worried” his neighbours see him as a super spreader of the killer virus.

Covid-19 cases are rocketing in the Cerme region which has sparked the extreme punishment.

Indonesia has seen more than 215,000 cases of the deadly bug and locals are under strict measures to try and contain the spread.

Authorities across the globe have been using full force to crack down on infections.

An Indian woman wears a protective mask in a crowded market in New Delhi, India

Migrant Indian workers arriving from Delhi were seen crouching by the side of the road as they were sprayed with bleach in a bid to disinfect them.

And in Punjab, people accused of breaking quarantine rules were forced to do squats while shouting: “We are enemies of society. We cannot sit at home.”

Hardline police in Paraguay took no mercy on people who broke coronavirus regulations. They forced perpetrators to do star jumps while being threatened with a taser.

In Britain, Home Secretary Priti Patel warned the government would take a tough stance on anyone found breaking the new Rule of Six laws.

She said chatting to another family from across the street falls foul of new coronavirus rules and said she would report her own neighbours if she spotted them flouting regulations.

Ms Patel added: “The rule of six is about making sure people are being conscientious and not putting people’s health at risk. Coronavirus is increasing.”





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