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Indonesia Sent a "Ghost volunteer" To Prevent People From Leaving Home


Volunteers disguise themselves as Pocong ghosts to prevent people from leaving their homes. Photo: thetimes.co.uk
According to Reuters news agency (UK), the village of Kepuh on Indonesia's Java island has recently unexpectedly appeared mysterious ghosts jumping out to scare people on the way, then disappearing under the empty night sky.

These mysterious characters are volunteers dressed as Pocong ghosts, guarding the village gate to prevent people from leaving their homes in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19. However, after that they changed their tactics, sending these "ghost volunteers" to patrol suddenly during the night.

Reportedly, villagers have called for the use of Pocong zombies to prevent people from leaving their homes during the COVID-19 season. However, many people also oppose this idea, saying that it is a weird way and will not work.
In Indonesian folklore, Pocong represents the souls of the unborn. They are known as ghostly shapes wrapped in white shrouds from head to toe, only the face is exposed.

"We want to be different and create a deterrent effect because Pocong is a very scary ghost image," said Anjar Pancaningtyas, the head of the youth group that came up with this ridiculous initiative. 
The team of volunteers collaborated with the police to implement the idea to motivate people to implement social spacing when the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread rapidly.

In an effort to cope with the outbreak of COVID-19, Indonesian President Joko Widodo did not apply a national blockade to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus like many other countries, instead he called call people to strictly implement regulations on social distance and cleanliness.

However, as the country with the highest number of SARS-CoV-2 virus deaths in Southeast Asia, some communities, such as Kepuh village, have decided to apply strict blockade measures, such as Perform ghostly patrols and restrict people from leaving the village.
"People still lack awareness of how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. They want life to be normal, so it is very difficult for them to follow the rules of the house," said Priyadi village chief. know.
In Kepuh village, this unusual way seems to be working when many people did not dare to go out for fear of zombies appearing.

"Ever since the" ghost volunteers "started the patrol campaign, many villagers and children in the village have not left their homes. People no longer gather or linger on the streets after prayers. pray every night, "said Karrno Supadmo, a resident of Kepuh village.


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