In Jakarta’s Pulo Gebang Main Bus Station just a few days ago, thousands of people waited in snarled lines to claim one of the 10,000 COVID-19 shots being offered in the country’s latest emergency vaccination push.
Meanwhile, across the city, others were making a more somber pilgrimage to the city’s new mass cemetery for COVID-19 victims. There, families laid flowers and whispered final goodbyes while backhoes dug new graves just steps away. Originally designed to hold 7,200 bodies when it opened in March of this year, the city is planning to add nearly 25 acres to accommodate more remains as the country confronts a record high of COVID-19 deaths.
As the second wave crashes through the fourth most populated country