A man lifts weight as he sunbathes outside his home in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakartans Turn to Sunbathing to Improve Immune System

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 10, 2020

Residents of Petamburan and Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta, a densely populated area divided by the city's Commuter Line train's track, have a new hobby: sunbathing early in the morning. They believe the practice improves the body's immune system and helps protect them from coronavirus.

An old lady enjoying a spot of the sun in front of her home near the West Flood Canal on Friday morning screams "Die, you virus! Go away, corona!" as she does her light exercises. 

Today is the first day the Jakarta provincial government starts implementing large-scale social restriction (PSBB), an epidemic containment measures a step below total area lockdown.

Other residents lift weights, play badminton or sit on the track chatting with their neighbors. Every five minutes, a train would pass, sending them scampering back to their dark houses.

A woman sunbathes at slum neighborhood area in West Flood Canal, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman sunbathing on the track near the West Flood Canal in Tanah Abang. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child wearing cloth face mask as she sunbathes at Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child wearing face mask enjoys a spot of the sun in Petamburan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family sunbathe together outside of their home in Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family sunbathes together outside their home in Petamburan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents of Petamburan practicing social distancing on the railway during sunbathe on the first day of large scale social restriction in Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Chatting with neighbors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An old man sunbathes in a road side at Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man sunbathes on the side of the road in Petamburan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman feeding her child as they chilling and sunbathing on a railway at Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Breakfast time for some. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man smokes as he sunbathes in Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man in Petamburan lifts his mask to take a drag of his cigarette. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman performs simple morning exercise as she sunbathes at a slum neighborhood in West Flood Canal, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunbathing and exercising in Tanah Abang. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man sits on a railway as he sunbathes in Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man takes off his t-shirt and sits on the track to sunbathe. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The morning sunbathe scenery of slum neighborhood in Petamburan, Central Jakarta on Friday (10/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The scene this morning – the first day of Jakarta under 'large-scale social restriction' – in Petamburan. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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