The punishments being handed out in East Java and Jakarta follow a surge in infections [Photo: Courtesy]

A bizarre punishment has been given to people in Indonesia caught breaking coronavirus rules. Rule breakers are forced to dig graves and lie in coffins as the country continues to battle rising infection rates. Offenders are given a choice of paying a fine of 150,000 Indonesian Rupiahs (£7.83) or coronavirus community service.

If the offenders choose community service they have to wear a high-viz jacket which says "violator" on the back, reports Sky News. Loudspeakers on the side of a truck blasts out a message that they have broken regulations and they are then taken to a cemetery.

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In Jakarta, some people have been forced to lie in a coffin for several minutes. In Gresik, East Java, they help dig the graves and one group even took turns lying in an ambulance which had been receiving coronavirus patients. East Java has had the most coronavirus deaths in Indonesia with the authorities now deciding to take a stand and make an example of people.

Officials said the punishments were helping to deter people from neglecting to cover their faces [Photo: Courtesy]

Indonesia has one of the highest rates of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia. Suyono, chief of Cerme from Gresik said: "The cemetery scares people and when they're scared, they won't break the rules and they will wear a mask." Suyono claimed in June a pilot of 20 rule breakers was shared on social media and this led to the number of violators decreasing. He said this could save lives. One villager, who was caught not wearing a mask, said he was 'frightened and annoyed' when he was taken to the cemetery.

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Affandi said: "It was hot and I was scared, when I wear a motorbike helmet, it's difficult to wear a mask. It was hurting my ears. This is my fault and cleaning the grave is ok." Officials said in the last three weeks more than a million people have violated coronavirus restrictions across the region.