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Indonesian Village Uses ‘Ghosts to Scare Residents Into Staying Home During Coronavirus

In order to keep the inhabitants of the Indonesian village of Kepuh to abide by the corona rules, volunteers disguised themselves as ghosts

The village of Kepuh on the Indonesian island of Java has deployed a cast of “ghosts” to patrol the streets to protect people from the coronavirus. The age-old superstition was meant to make people stay in their homes, according to Reuters. Initially, however, the action had the opposite effect. Instead of keeping people inside, they bought them out to catch a glimpse of the apparitions.

The village on Java island has deployed a cast of “ghosts” to patrol the streets hoping that age-old superstition will keep people indoors and safely away from the coronavirus. Locals, meanwhile, say the situation has improved.

“We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect because “Ghosts” are spooky and scary,” Pancaningtya told Reuters.

The ghostly figures are known as “Pocong” are usually wrapped in white linen and decorated with white powder and coal-rimmed eyes. In Indonesian folklore, they represent the trapped souls of the dead.

To date, Indonesia has recorded 4,241 cases of coronaviruses and 373 people have died. There is a great fear that the numbers will increase significantly. Researchers from the University of Indonesia estimated that by May could be 140,000 deaths and 1.5 million infected.

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