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Jakarta Post

Weekly Gallery: Election dilemma

Tue, October 6, 2020   /   11:26 am
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    A resident relaxes on Sunday, September 27. 2020 inside the letter B of a COBLOS (punch) public display, which aims to promote the upcoming regional election in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten. Despite calls for delay, the government will hold simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9 in the midst of the pandemic. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    A worker prepares rooms for COVID-19 patients at Graha Wisata Ragunan in South Jakarta on Tuesday, September 29. 2020. The facility has 76 rooms that can accommodate a total of 152 patients. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

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    An asymptomatic COVID-19 patient sits by the window of Hotel U Stay in West Jakarta on Wednesday, September 30. 2020. The hotel has been turned into an isolation facility for asymptomatic and minor-symptomatic COVID-19 patients from West and South Jakarta. JP/P.J. Leo

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    Imaroh, a batik painter from Giriloyo village, Bantul, Yogyakarta, boils wax as the initial step to produce batik, on Wednesday, September 30.2020. Indonesia celebrates National Batik Day on Oct. 2 to commemorate UNESCO’s recognition of batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama

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    Builders work at a construction site on Jl.Sudirman in Jakarta on Thursday, October 1. 2020. According to property consultancy Colliers International, office space absorption decreased by 56 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter. JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    A becak (pedicab) driver naps while wearing a mask in the Malioboro area, Yogyakarta, on October.1. 2020. As of Oct. 4, the province recorded 2,791 COVID-19 cases, with 75 deaths and 2,046 recoveries. JP/Donny Fernando

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    Workers carry the coffin of a COVID-19 victim amid heavy rain at Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on October. 2. 2020. The Jakarta administration has begun the two-month project of expanding the burial area for COVID-19 patients. In the first phase of expansion, the administration cleared 7,141 square meters. JP/PJ Leo

It has been seven months since Indonesia announced the first COVID-19 case in the country, and now the total number of cases has surpassed 300,000, with deaths reaching 11,151 as of Sunday. Despite this, the government is moving ahead with its plan to hold regional elections on Dec. 9.

Experts have warned that the regional elections threaten to derail any progress made in fighting the pandemic, with new daily cases constantly hovering around 4,000 since Sept. 29.

In Jakarta, self-isolation centers across the capital have started to fill up as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Meanwhile, the city administration has commenced work for new burial areas in Pondok Ranggon, East Jakarta. (dio)