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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Anies urges Jakartans to avoid traveling outside the city for three weeks

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 20, 2020   /   01:38 pm
COVID-19: Anies urges Jakartans to avoid traveling outside the city for three weeks Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) and Home Minister Tito Karnavian (right) at a press conference on COVID-19 at Jakarta's City Hall on Tuesday. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has urged people in Jakarta to stay home and refrain from traveling outside the capital as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During an internal meeting with the Jakarta Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), mayors as well as district and subdistrict heads across Jakarta, Anies stressed the importance of staying home and only going out when the situation deemed necessary.

Anies also reminded the mayors and local administrative chiefs to introduce preventative measures against the spread of the lethal coronavirus to people in their respective areas of jurisdiction. 

“At least stay [in Jakarta] for three weeks. I'm delivering this information because we do not want Jakarta to experience the same thing that happened in other places,” Anies said in a written statement on Thursday.

“Please do not leave Jakarta unless the situation is urgent,” he added. 

Anies instructed the mayors and regent of six administrative areas in Jakarta, as well as district and subdistrict heads, to convey the following preventive measures to the public:

1. Avoid going outside unless in an emergency. 

2. Avoid mass gatherings and crowds. 

3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap under running water as often as possible. 

4. Do not touch your face before washing your hands. 

5. Avoiding physical contact such as handshakes, cheek kissing, etc.

6. Wear a face mask if you have a cough or are sneezing or sneeze and cough into your elbow.  

7. Keep children inside. 

8. Refrain from traveling outside the city. 

9. Stay at home. 

Indonesia recorded a spike in COVID-19 deaths to 25 on Thursday afternoon, the highest in Southeast Asia, with 308 confirmed cases in 16 provinces, according to data from the Health Ministry. Jakarta has the most fatalities with 17 deaths.

According to data provided by the Jakarta Health Agency on, 976 people were being monitored and 480 others were under close observation as of Friday.

To access further information regarding COVID-19, visit the government’s official website at or phone the call center at 112 or 081388376955.