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Jakarta Post

Social distancing still tolerable... for now

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  12:48 am

As Jakarta announces a state of emergency because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, millions of the metropolitan’s denizens are encouraged to stay home to prevent further transmissions.

But how are they holding up so far? Despite the deluge of memes imagining zany situations that might arise after days of quarantine, it seems that people are still coping fine — at least, for now.

For designer and university lecturer Agatha Aprillia, social distancing is a boon, as she is naturally a loner and would prefer to stay indoors.

“I’ve been doing it for a year before I started teaching. This is how my normal life works,” she said.

Agatha’s routine to stave off boredom includes endlessly scrolling through Instagram and YouTube, although she said she welcomed the fact that she could now take more naps.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Afifa Ezi found herself wi...