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Jakarta Post

Quarantine, now!

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  01:18 am

Almost one month after the first two COVID-19 cases were announced, efforts to contain the virus, including campaigns to stay home, have shown no significant results. Thousands of people have left Greater Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, for their hometowns in other parts of Java, putting at risk not only their families but the entire population in those areas.

In Central Java alone, the number of recent visitors already tops 7,000, according to Governor Ganjar Pranowo, who has asked regents and mayors across the province to closely monitor the health of the returnees, most of whom are migrant workers.

Fearing a ticking time bomb, some regional leaders are pushing for “local lockdowns” to protect the population in their territories.

By Friday, the number of confirmed cases in Indonesia reached 1,046, an increase of 153 from the previous day, with ...