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Jakarta Post

Satellite cities to follow Jakarta’s lead on large-scale social restrictions

  • Sausan Atika and Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  12:35 am

The leaders of Greater Jakarta have agreed to impose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in their respective regions after the capital, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, got the nod from the Health Ministry to implement further restrictions.

Greater Jakarta includes South Tangerang, Tangerang municipality and Tangerang regency in Banten, as well as Depok, Bekasi municipality, Bekasi regency, Bogor municipality and Bogor regency in West Java. It covers an area occupied by around 30 million people, many of whom, under normal circumstances, commute to the capital for work.

Several Greater Jakarta mayors and regents previously held back from imposing PSBB measures even after Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan suggested on April 2 that the central government issue a distinct COVID-19 mitigation policy for the wider region.

Anies said at the time that th...