Look: A Christmas tree decorated with masks, sanitisers to spread Covid awareness

Jakarta - The tree at a catholic church in Indonesia aims to urge residents to follow Covid safety protocols.

By Reuters

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Published: Sun 20 Dec 2020, 2:49 PM

Last updated: Sun 20 Dec 2020, 2:58 PM

A catholic church in Indonesia has decorated a Christmas tree with protective masks and hand sanitisers as a way to spread awareness of Covid-19 in the festive season, as the country’s daily death toll hit a record high on Sunday.

“The tree was made with the intention of making people more aware of the importance of maintaining health protocols,” Markus Marcelinus Hardo Iswanto of the parish of The Catholic Church of Christ the King in Indonesia’s second-largest city Surabaya said.

Starting with a bamboo skeleton, the church’s followers and the local Muslim community decorated the tree with hundreds of colourful donated masks and hand sanitisers. It took a week to complete the three-metre tree, he said.

Christmas is a public holiday in Indonesia.

The government has urged the public to avoid celebrating Christmas and New Year in public places due to rising Covid-19 cases.

The country reported a record daily death toll of 221 on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the Southeast Asian nation so far to 19,880, data from the national Covid-19 taskforce showed.

Indonesia has Southeast Asia’s highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases at 664,930 as well as the region’s highest related death toll.

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