Two Indonesian men were forced to do pushups on Tuesday in front of police officers as punishment for not wearing masks amid covid-19 pandemic. The incident happened in the city of Banda Aceh, the largest city in Indonesia’s highly conservative Aceh province.
The Southeast Asian country announced tough punishments for anyone caught breaking the coronavirus laws, including not wearing masks at public places.
To enforce the law, about 340,000 officers were dispatched across the country
Since the order was given, many Indonesians caught breaking the law have been asked to do pushups or community service, such as sweeping streets.
Others have received tougher punishments such as lying in coffins for several hours. Still, some have been forced to clean sewers or lie out in the scorching sun for 30 minutes.
At the most extreme, some have been forced to dig graves for coronavirus victims to help them understand the importance of staying safe.
With a total of 448,000 coronavirus cases so far and almost 15,000 deaths, Indonesia has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in southeast Asia.
The country recorded 3,700 cases of the virus on Wednesday, almost three times as many as its next-closest neighbor – the Philippines which reported 1,300 cases Wednesday.
Indonesia fares slightly better – behind Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines in the number of coronavirus cases per million people when the entire population is considered.
Globally, there were more than 52million coronavirus cases, with over 1.3million deaths as of November 15, 2020
The U.S remains the worst hit globally, with more than 10million cases and over 242,000 deaths. Indian follows closely with 8.6million cases and 128,000 deaths.