Indonesia has surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. It has also seen more than 4,000 new cases every day of this week, raising questions about when Indonesia will be able to contain the outbreak.
Despite the grim developments, election officials have decided to continue preparations for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections, with voting day slated for Dec. 9. This year, 270 regions and cities in the archipelago will hold elections. Some 100 million registered voters, roughly 40 percent of the country’s 260 million people, will elect nine governors, 37 mayors and 224 regents.
Campaigns against sexual violence continued as the world commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25.
Environmentalists also called on the government to stop exploiting and using fossil fuel to mitigate the looming climate crisis.
As the year comes to an end, Jakarta is seeking to prevent extensive flooding as rains have drenched the capital throughout the week. The city is hoping to avoid a repeat