Burials surge as COVID-19 cases spike in Indonesia’s capital

Gravediggers at a cemetery in Jakarta say they’re burying three times as many bodies as they did before coronavirus.

Jakarta has been the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia, where authorities have struggled for months to contain the virus.

The country has reported more than 275,000 cases and at least 10,380 deaths, the highest levels in southeast Asia.

Jakarta alone has buried some 5,000 bodies under COVID-19 protocols since the virus was detected in Indonesia in March, the city administration has reported.

The city now averages between 26 and 28 COVID-19 burials a day, a significant surge since the beginning of August.

This video was produced by Al Jazeera Newsfeed’s Hassan Ghani.