Although wearing masks in public is mandatory throughout Indonesia, there has been a vocal segment of the population who have been reluctant to wear masks and practice social distance.
Experts say the lack of public vigilance has made it more difficult for Indonesian authorities to stop the spread of the virus, which has so far infected around 230,000 people in the country. According to Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, more than 160,000 of those patients have recovered, while at least 9,100 have died.
As cases surfaced in recent months, Indonesia’s government passed a law in July requiring people to wear masks in public, but leaving it to local authorities to determine penalties for noncompliance gave. A joint team called the “three pillars” – which include the Indonesian National Armed Forces, the Indonesian National Police and local law enforcement – in charge of enforcing mask restrictions across the country.
In Serme, the “three pillars” give those who wear the mask the option to accept a fine of 150,000 rupees ($ 10) or to be accepted by the government as a “social punishment”, which district leaders , According to Suono.
Suono, known by a name, reported that CNN has accepted social punishment for most people, often involving push-ups or cleaning. But he hopes alternatives such as grave digging will be educational and “show the real and serious impact of Kovid-19 for the first time.” When the dead were buried, none of them were present.
Authorities in the capital of Jakarta adopted a similar view earlier this month. There, a man had to sit in the coffin in public after not being caught wearing a mask.
However, it is unclear whether such punishments in Indonesia have increased the wearing of masks. The country has failed to level the curve for months and the infection is still on the rise – only the Philippines has reported more cases in Southeast Asia.
Massive social sanctions were imposed in Jakarta on Sunday, the second time authorities have been forced to do so since the epidemic began.
With cases still climbing, the city’s health infrastructure may be approaching breakdown. Officials said on Monday that all 20 Jakarta hospitals approved for treatment of Kovid-19 patients had emergency units filled.