Jakarta declares state of emergency, Bangkok shuts down public life

Bangkok’s entertainment districts are deserted © Arno Maierbrugger

The governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has declared a two-week state of emergency in the city on March 20 in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.  

In the past three weeks, confirmed cases in Indonesia have rapidly risen from just a few to 369. The country’s number of Covid-19-related deaths stands at 32, the highest in Southeast Asia.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan urged businesses to allow employees to work from home and said that starting on March 23, bars, spas and movie theaters would be shut and public transportation would be limited. Many religious activities in places where worshipers might congregate in large numbers, such as mosques and churches, are also suspended for the next two weeks. Indonesia’s top clerical Muslim body had earlier issued a fatwa allowing Muslims in areas where Covid-19 has spread “uncontrollably” to skip Friday prayers.

Medical staff and health workers have criticised President Joko Widodo’s government for underestimating the magnitude of infection in a country comprising thousands of islands. Widodo on March 20 said that he would use “all state power” to combat the outbreak and that rapid testing was being made available in areas of the outbreak.

The fatality rate in Indonesia is running at more than eight per cent, which indicates there is under-testing, according to global management consulting firm Teneo.

Bangkok closes shopping malls, supermarkets remain open

Meanwhile, Bangkok City Hall ordered the closure of all shopping malls, restaurants, public markets,  beauty salons, tattoo shops, sports venues, amusement parks, Internet shops, swimming pools, conventions centers, museums and exhibition centers, cinemas and theaters, educational institutions, spas, massage parlours, entertainment places and other businesses including, notably, Buddha amulet sales stalls.

Except from the shutdown are supermarkets, takeaway restaurants, pharmacies and drugstores. The measures will be imposed from March 22 to April 12.

The announcement has led to some panic buying as many people flocked to supermarkets to stock up on goods for at least the next two weeks. Many places were more crowded than usual with shoppers on Saturday afternoon. 

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said that there was no need to hoard food and other goods since he “guaranteed” that residents will be able to buy them sufficiently.



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Bangkok's entertainment districts are deserted © Arno Maierbrugger The governor of Indonesia's capital Jakarta has declared a two-week state of emergency in the city on March 20 in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.   In the past three weeks, confirmed cases in Indonesia have rapidly risen from just a few to 369. The country’s number of Covid-19-related deaths stands at 32, the highest in Southeast Asia. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan urged businesses to allow employees to work from home and said that starting on March 23, bars, spas and movie theaters would be shut and public transportation would be...

Bangkok’s entertainment districts are deserted © Arno Maierbrugger

The governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has declared a two-week state of emergency in the city on March 20 in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.  

In the past three weeks, confirmed cases in Indonesia have rapidly risen from just a few to 369. The country’s number of Covid-19-related deaths stands at 32, the highest in Southeast Asia.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan urged businesses to allow employees to work from home and said that starting on March 23, bars, spas and movie theaters would be shut and public transportation would be limited. Many religious activities in places where worshipers might congregate in large numbers, such as mosques and churches, are also suspended for the next two weeks. Indonesia’s top clerical Muslim body had earlier issued a fatwa allowing Muslims in areas where Covid-19 has spread “uncontrollably” to skip Friday prayers.

Medical staff and health workers have criticised President Joko Widodo’s government for underestimating the magnitude of infection in a country comprising thousands of islands. Widodo on March 20 said that he would use “all state power” to combat the outbreak and that rapid testing was being made available in areas of the outbreak.

The fatality rate in Indonesia is running at more than eight per cent, which indicates there is under-testing, according to global management consulting firm Teneo.

Bangkok closes shopping malls, supermarkets remain open

Meanwhile, Bangkok City Hall ordered the closure of all shopping malls, restaurants, public markets,  beauty salons, tattoo shops, sports venues, amusement parks, Internet shops, swimming pools, conventions centers, museums and exhibition centers, cinemas and theaters, educational institutions, spas, massage parlours, entertainment places and other businesses including, notably, Buddha amulet sales stalls.

Except from the shutdown are supermarkets, takeaway restaurants, pharmacies and drugstores. The measures will be imposed from March 22 to April 12.

The announcement has led to some panic buying as many people flocked to supermarkets to stock up on goods for at least the next two weeks. Many places were more crowded than usual with shoppers on Saturday afternoon. 

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said that there was no need to hoard food and other goods since he “guaranteed” that residents will be able to buy them sufficiently.



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