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Jakarta Post

‘If you love them, don’t go home’: Urban migrants decide to stay put amid COVID-19

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  12:43 am

For many Indonesians, family are among the first people we turn to for support and comfort when the going gets tough, but as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps more and more people home for work and school, urban migrants in Jakarta have been asked to refrain from returning to their hometowns to prevent the outbreak from spreading farther across the country.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all citizens last week to work, study and worship from home to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus.

Indonesia has reported 1046 confirmed cases and 87 deaths to date, and the numbers continue to rise each day. By Thursday afternoon, 46 of the deaths were residents of Jakarta, which has emerged as the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia.

While many people still refuse to listen to the government and thereby put themselves and others at risk of infection, other peo...