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Greater Jakarta residents stay alert but remain calm amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 4, 2020   /  08:01 am
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People buy groceries at Carrefour ITC Permata Hijau, South Jakarta, on Monday. Residents say some supermarkets are more crowded than usual following the announcement of the first coronavirus cases in Indonesia.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Mayumi Marselia, a 21-year-old marketing-communications student at a private university, went grocery shopping on Tuesday at the Super Indo supermarket on Jl. Raya Daan Mogot in Cengkareng district, West Jakarta. Despite having learned about Indonesia's first two confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), she added only an extra one-month stock of tissues, sanitary pads and instant noodles to her monthly groceries. "Actually, I am not in a panic. I was just a bit worried that supermarkets would run out of food supplies," said Mayumi, whose parents work as private employees in coronavirus-hit Japan, after she finished grocery shopping on Tuesday. "For masks, I think the sick need them more [than healthy people]." Mulyati Idris, a 68-year-old resident living in Grogol district in West Jakarta, said she did not come to the outlet to stockpile suppli...