Coronavirus: Indonesians violating social distancing in Jakarta to get toilet duty

An employee wearing a face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak shares a light moment with colleagues at a McDonald's restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP)

Indonesians who violate social distancing rules in the capital could soon find themselves forced to clean toilets to atone for their sins.

Latrine duty is among a range of punishments listed in new rules aimed at battling coronavirus infections in the Southeast Asian megacity of Jakarta.

Going outside without a mask can result in a 250,000 rupiah ($17) fine, while residents gathering in crowds could be forced to clean public facilities – including toilets – while wearing a vest that labels them as rule-breakers.

People wearing protective face mask practice social distancing while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 4, 2020. (Reuters)

People wearing protective face mask practice social distancing while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 4, 2020. (Reuters)

Firms that ignore shutdown orders or violate public-health rules can be hit with fines of up to 50 million rupiah under rules made public this week.

Jakarta – a sprawling city home to some 30 million – imposed a partial lockdown last month as virus infections surged and critics warned of a looming public health disaster.

Earlier this month,

Soldiers and police used a fire truck Monday to spray water at people who violated the coronavirus lockdown rules in the Indonesian city of Makassar.

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Several other Indonesian cities have put similar restrictions in place, but violations are prevalent.

At the weekend, several hundred people gathered in downtown Jakarta to mark the closure of a fast-food restaurant, sparking widespread criticism.

On Tuesday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 death toll hit 1,007 with nearly 14,749 confirmed cases.

But the true toll is believed to be much higher in the country of more than 260 million.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54
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