TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria confirmed that the city administration set up an alternative Covid-19 burial ground in Srengseng Sawah given that Pondok Rangon and Tegal Alur cemeteries were nearly full.
“Several bodies of Covid-19 victims are buried in Srengseng Sawah starting yesterday (Jan. 11). We ensure there is a burial ground for the general public,” said Riza in Jakarta, Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The city government also added more referral hospitals for patients with coronavirus disease to 101 from 98 hospitals as the occupancy rate of hospital beds was running low. Based on the data, Riza mentioned, 27 to 30 percent of people having medical treatment in the city hospitals were non-Jakarta residents.
Previously reported, Tegal Alur Cemetery in West Jakarta with 4,500 plots of graves for Muslims who died of Covid-19 had been full since January 12, 2021.
Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta also ran out of burial grounds for Muslims since November 8, 2020, and non-Muslims since December 20, 2020. The management was forced to implement an overlapping burial system.