Indonesia’s capital is stepping up movement restrictions in a tender to curb the spread of coronavirus as more people are set to shuttle to and from the city over the year-end holiday.
Jakarta, already a hotbed of Covid-19 cases in the country, is limiting activities at more than a few public places from Friday until Jan. 8, 2021, according to a commentary Thursday. Offices will have to near by 7 p.m., while restaurants, shopping malls, film theaters and tourist sites will have to shut by 9 p.m. On Christmas and New Year public holidays, recreational sites will have to near by 7 p.m.
Officials will also increase monitoring of those travelling into the city and will check that travellers can show the negative results of their rapid antigen tests. Public transport will function until 8 p.m. only.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has implemented movement restrictions on the city of more than 10 million people since April, with several rounds of easing and tightening of the rules since. The capital accounts for a quarter of the country’s complete confirmed virus cases. Baswedan himself had tested positive for coronavirus, in conjunction with his deputy.
The central government has already cut short Indonesia’s year-end holiday from an 11-day stretch to curb Southeast Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with almost 650,000 cases reported so far.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)
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