Indonesia’s government orders lockdown of Jakarta

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a partial shutdown of the country’s capital Jakarta after initially resisting lockdown measures, as the number of deaths caused by coronavirus infections keeps rising rapidly.

The measures include the closure of offices and a ban on gathering of more than five people to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Operational hours of public transport services including railways, subway and city buses will be curtailed and users will need to follow distancing rules, according to city governour Anies Baswedan. The new set of rules will come into effect on April 10 for at least two weeks and will be enforced strictly, he said.

Jakarta is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Indonesia with the city of about 10.5 million people accounting for almost 50 per cent of the nation’s total confirmed cases of 2,956 with 240 deaths as of April 8 . The capital has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks after reporting its first cases only in early March, prompting authorities to shutter schools, spas, restaurants and entertainment spots.

Cases could rise to 95,000 by May

There have been forecasts that the pandemic may infect as many as 95,000 people in Indonesia by the end of May before easing. However, the president has rejected calls to lock down cities and regions to fight the virus, saying such harsh steps would hurt the poor the most.

But West Java governour Ridwan Kamil said the social distancing rules should also be extended from Jakarta to adjoining satellite towns such as Bekasi, Bogor and Depok to prevent the spread of the virus.

The measures in detail:

Parks, museums, sports centers to be shut from Friday
No ban on marriages but weddings need to be conducted in offices
Emergency services such as food, water, gas, power, health and media among eight sectors exempted from curbs
Public transport operations limited to 6am to 6pm
Financial services, capital markets to function normally
Government to start distribution of food for poor from April 9
Violators of rules to face sanctions

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a partial shutdown of the country’s capital Jakarta after initially resisting lockdown measures, as the number of deaths caused by coronavirus infections keeps rising rapidly. The measures include the closure of offices and a ban on gathering of more than five people to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Operational hours of public transport services including railways, subway and city buses will be curtailed and users will need to follow distancing rules, according to city governour Anies Baswedan. The new set of rules will come into effect on April 10 for at least two weeks...

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a partial shutdown of the country’s capital Jakarta after initially resisting lockdown measures, as the number of deaths caused by coronavirus infections keeps rising rapidly.

The measures include the closure of offices and a ban on gathering of more than five people to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Operational hours of public transport services including railways, subway and city buses will be curtailed and users will need to follow distancing rules, according to city governour Anies Baswedan. The new set of rules will come into effect on April 10 for at least two weeks and will be enforced strictly, he said.

Jakarta is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Indonesia with the city of about 10.5 million people accounting for almost 50 per cent of the nation’s total confirmed cases of 2,956 with 240 deaths as of April 8 . The capital has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks after reporting its first cases only in early March, prompting authorities to shutter schools, spas, restaurants and entertainment spots.

Cases could rise to 95,000 by May

There have been forecasts that the pandemic may infect as many as 95,000 people in Indonesia by the end of May before easing. However, the president has rejected calls to lock down cities and regions to fight the virus, saying such harsh steps would hurt the poor the most.

But West Java governour Ridwan Kamil said the social distancing rules should also be extended from Jakarta to adjoining satellite towns such as Bekasi, Bogor and Depok to prevent the spread of the virus.

The measures in detail:

Parks, museums, sports centers to be shut from Friday
No ban on marriages but weddings need to be conducted in offices
Emergency services such as food, water, gas, power, health and media among eight sectors exempted from curbs
Public transport operations limited to 6am to 6pm
Financial services, capital markets to function normally
Government to start distribution of food for poor from April 9
Violators of rules to face sanctions

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