The first day of school is supposed to be an exciting time for students across the country. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had made this year’s first day completely different compared to past years. Forget about trying to fit in with new friends at a new school the normal way because this year, most interactions will take place entirely online, though some schools are operating normally under strict health protocols, as required by the government.
This week, some provinces in Indonesia have seen the number of COVID-19 cases surge, including Jakarta. As a result, the capital has continued to enforce its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).
However, just like during other trying periods in Jakarta, protests are taking place, this time over controversial bills and regulations. Some activists are fighting for the rights of Indonesian fishers, while others have taken to the streets to defend Indonesian workers – most of whom have been hit hard by pandemic-induced crises. (vla)