Ambulances carrying the bodies of suspect Covid-19 victims arrive at Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

How Jakarta Buries Its Coronavirus Dead

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MARCH 26, 2020

The Jakarta provincial government has issued its standard funeral procedures to bury Covid-19 victims.

The procedures will also be used in the burials of suspect coronavirus patients, officially called "patients under observations" (PDP), who die before they could be swab-tested for Covid-19. 

According to the procedures, funeral service workers and families of the deceased who attend the funeral must wear protective gear including N95 masks, disposable safety coveralls and gloves.

The body of the deceased will be wrapped in a shroud and clean plastic to make sure there is no leakage of bodily fluid.

The body will then be put in a wooden coffin provided by the hospital, which will be wrapped again with plastic and then sprayed with disinfectant.

The whole process has to be done quickly inside the hospital's isolation room since the burial has to take place no more than four hours after the time of death. 

The body will be delivered by a special hearse to a designated public cemetery or a cremation site.

The plastic-wrapped coffin is not allowed to be opened for the burial or cremation.

Two public cemeteries have been prepared to take in Jakarta's coronavirus dead: Pondok Rangon in East Jakarta and Tegal Alur in West Jakarta. 

Funeral services worker sprays a coffin with disinfectant in Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday (26/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral services worker sprays a plastic-wrapped coffin with disinfectant at Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral services workers wearing protective gear carrying a plastic wrapped coffin at Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday (26/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers wearing protective gear lower the plastic-wrapped coffin into the grave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man cries as his family dies and burried at Tegal Alur public cemetery which is provided by Jakarta Government to held a funeral service for people whove died due to Covid-19 or patients under surveillance (PDP) who died, but there has been no result of Covid-19 examination. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A relative of the deceased cries next to the grave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family pray for a family whove burried at Tegal Alur public cemetery. They can perform a pray after the coffin burried. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relatives of the deceased pray next to the grave. The traditional Islamic prayer for the dead can only be performed after the body is buried. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man sprays a funeral service workers who wearing protective gear with disinfectant. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker gets sprayed with disinfectant after the burial. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family watch their relative funeral in a far distance in Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday (26/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Relatives watch as the grave is filled with earth. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker sprays a family with disinfectant. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker sprays relatives of the deceased with disinfectant. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Funeral service workers burn their protective mask after perform a funeral in Tegal Alur public cemetery in West Jakarta on Thursday (26/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A funeral service worker burns used protective gear after the burial. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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