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Families start ‘mudik’ early despite virus warning

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi, Suherdjoko and Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Wonogiri/Semarang/Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  12:50 am

Families residing in Jakarta have started to pack their bags and return to their hometowns despite the government’s warning for people not to travel home for Idul Fitri this year so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As of noon on Thursday, the coronavirus had infected at least 790 people across the country and had killed 58 in total.

Hesti Winarni, a 43-year-old meatball vendor in Jakarta, decided to return to Wonogiri, Central Java, since her business had experienced a decline in sales since the outbreak hit the capital city.

“The kids are off from school. Wonogiri is also safer than Jakarta,” she said.

Hesti was not the only one to return to her hometown, as transportation authorities in Wonogiri have recorded about 14,000 people coming into the regency within the last week. According to data gathered at the Giri Adipura bus terminal in the regency...