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Joshua Irwandi

The seemingly mummified body of a COVID-19 victim lies on the patient’s deathbed awaiting a bodybag in Jakarta, Indonesia. It took two nurses about an hour to wrap the patient in plastic—a measure intended to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Indonesians were shocked when they saw this image, which humanises the losses of COVID-19 and horror of death from the disease. “It’s clear that the power of this image has galvanised discussion about coronavirus,” photographer Joshua Irwandi told National Geographic in July 2020. “We have to recognise the sacrifice, and the risk, that the doctors and nurses are making.”

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