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Superheroes to the rescue in Indonesia’s war against coronavirus

Spraying disinfectant and beating slit drums, a group of superheroes recently descended upon a village in Indonesia’s Sukoharjo to warn people about the danger of the new coronavirus and teach them tricks to combat it.

“Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert,” Indonesian local superhero ‘Gatotkaca’ shouted through a megaphone as he walked down the alley of a residential area flanked by ‘Superman’ and ‘Spiderman,’ who was spraying disinfectant on houses. 

The volunteers gave out masks, hand sanitiser and bamboo slit drums, while teaching people how to properly wash their hands, wear masks and be alert about security after reports of increasing thefts.

“(If the) superheroes support (the measures), the children will definitely obey the orders. First, washing their hands. Second, not wandering outside and always wearing a mask,” said Widanarko, a resident from the Kampung Larangan neighbourhood, who goes by one name like many Indonesians.

Local residents called the initiative ‘interesting’ and ‘creative’, as it captured the attention of young children.

Meanwhile in Makassar on Sulawesi island, ‘Spiderman,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘and Black Panther’ braved heavy traffic at a busy crossroad, holding up placards reading “Stay Home,” and “Get Well Soon Earth” to urge people to stay home.

Indonesia has reported 11,192 coronavirus infections and 845 deaths as of 0900GMT, Sunday (May3). 

(Production: Rahman Muchtar, Heru Asprihanto, Angie Teo)

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