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Strict Restrictions Reimposed in Java, Bali amid Record Breaking Covid-19 Numbers

BY :LENNY TRISTIA TAMBUN

JUNE 30, 2021

Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo confirmed on Wednesday strict social restrictions will soon return in Java and Bali as the country again saw a new high in daily number of Covid-19 cases.

There have been 21,807 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2.19 million, including 58,491 deaths. Java and Bali are home to around 70 percent of Covid-19 cases countrywide.

Indonesia has beaten its own record in the highest number of daily cases four times in the past seven days.

Jokowi said he has instructed Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto to reimpose restrictions in stricken Java and Bali due to a dramatic surge in newly Covid-19 cases.

“We have no choice but to implement this,” he told a gathering of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi.

According to a policy draft circulating among members of the media, restrictions will be imposed on July 3-20 with several key points as follows:

-    Business entities in most-affected districts and cities must apply work from home policy for 75 percent of employees
-    In person learning in schools is delayed
-    Essential businesses including supermarkets, grocery stores, public utilities, manufactures and traditional markets are allowed to operate under strict health protocols
-    Restaurants must cap dining-in capacity to 25 percent until 5:00 p.m. while delivery services may continue until 8:00 p.m.
-    Malls and trace centers must close until restrictions are lifted

Jokowi said the government is committed to achieving 1 million vaccinations a day and doubling the number by August.

“This is non-negotiable: 1 million doses a day in July and 2 million from August,” he said.

The government has administered 42 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine since the campaign began on January 13, placing Indonesia in 11th among countries with the highest number of vaccination, he said.

Indonesia passed 1 million doses in a day for the first time on Saturday when the National Police and the military were involved to open vaccination sites.

Around 13.5 million people have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry.
 

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