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Jakarta Post

Weekly gallery: Towards new normal

Sat, May 30, 2020   /   09:13 am
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    A man crosses a bridge at the Sudirman business area in Central Jakarta on May 20. The government expects that the gradual reopening of economic activities under the “new normal” protocols will start in the early of June. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Residents chat in front of a COVID-19-themed mural in Pondok Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, Banten, on May 21. The mural, created by the residents, aims to show support and appreciation for the struggle of medical personnel who are at the forefront in the battle against the virus pandemic. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Gravediggers and cemetery workers are readying to take part in the photo session of a stay at home campaign at the Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on May 21. Indonesia recorded 1,496 COVID-19 deaths as of May 28. JP/P.J.Leo

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    A Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officer shows a mockup coffin and corpse to a man in an orange vest, who violated the social distancing policy, at the entrance of Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on May 25. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Soldiers stand guard at the MRT station in the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta on Tuesday, May 26. President Joko Widodo deploys military personnel to guard the implementation of the “new normal” protocols in the capital. JP/Seto Wardhana.

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    Gauw Cun Lan, a member of the Benteng Chinese community, packs coffee at her store in Pasar Lama, Tangerang, on May 26. Many stores in Pasar Lama have yet to reopen due to health concerns over the virus pandemic. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Commuters maintain a safe distance while waiting for their train at the Manggarai station in Jakarta on May 26. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    A security officer joins a free rapid test at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle are in Central Jakarta on May 26. The Indonesia Bersatu Lawan Covid-19 (Indonesia Unite Against COVID-19) volunteers brought a mobile laboratory to conduct the mass rapid test in the area. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    A police officer orders a car’s driver to make a U-turn at the Cikupa toll gate in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday May 27, to prevent the car from entering Jakarta. The police only grant access to travelers who have Jakarta Exit and Entry Permit (SIKM). JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Satpol PP officers order sellers to close down their stores in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta on Wednesday May 27. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

Text by: Yuliasri Perdani

The government has issued new health protocols for workplaces to usher in the so-called “new normal” even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

The protocols will be gradually implemented in early June, starting with the reopening of offices and shopping centers. The government expects to complete by late July, all sectors – including education and tourism – can operate while still applying strict health protocols.

In the lead up to the new normal, Indonesia Bersatu Lawan Covid-19 (Indonesia Unite Against COVID-19) volunteers intensify mass rapid tests in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, the Jakarta Police keeps warding off travelers, who do not have necessary documents, from entering the capital.

Gravediggers in Pondok Ranggon, East Jakarta, also joined the campaign to encourage residents to maintain physical distancing. For months now, they have toiled around the clock to bury deceased COVID-19 patients.

As of May 28, Indonesia recorded 24,538 COVID-19 cases with 1,496 deaths