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West Java Extends Large-Scale Social Restriction in Jakarta's Satellite Cities

Iwan M Putuhena
April 28, 2020 | 3:42 pm
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A PSBB checkpoint on Jalan Raya Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Yulius Satria Wijaya)
A PSBB checkpoint on Jalan Raya Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

Jakarta. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has confirmed the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, in Jakarta's satellite cities Bogor, Depok and Bekasi will be extended starting on Wednesday to contain the spread of coronavirus.

"The PSBB [in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi] will be extended for 14 days starting Wednesday," Ridwan said in Bandung on Monday.

The governor said since the large-scale social restriction was imposed on April 15, the number of new coronavirus infections has slowed in Bogor and Depok.

However, new cases are still climbing in Bekasi, which is one of the deciding factors to extend the PSBB.

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"The [good] news is that it appears the PSBB has succeeded in suppressing the spread of Covid-19 in some areas," he said.

Ridwan, who is also the West Java Covid-19 Task Force Head, said Jakarta has also begun to see a sharp drop in the number of daily new Covid-19 cases, up to 38.5 percent.

The governor said he would also evaluate the implementation of the PSBB in the provincial capital Bandung, which was started on April 22, soon.

"We will decide if we will extend the PSBB in Bandung next week," he said.

As of Monday, West Java has reported 951 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 78 deaths and 96 recoveries.

The West Java Covid-19 Task Force has also reported a total of 39,043 people under surveillance (ODP), with 8,935 still under monitoring, and a total of 4,373 patients under observation (PDP), with 2,049 still in treatment.

As many as 86,902 people in the province had also been given rapid diagnostic testing for Covid-19, with at least 2,103 showing symptoms of the disease.

"We will put them through PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction] testing to make sure," Ridwan said.

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