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Jakarta Post

80% of Jakartans must stay home: Scientists

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22 2020   /  12:41 am

Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital and its COVID-19 epicenter needs greater popular effort and targeted local containment to stop contagion, experts have said.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until June 4 in an effort to completely stop transmission after studies found that the COVID-19 reproductive ratio in the capital had been dropping since restriction policies were applied in mid-March. The ratio refers to the expected number of people one person with the disease will directly infect in a population susceptible to the disease.

A study by researchers from the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health found that the reproductive ratio in Jakarta had decreased from 4 in mid-March to 1.11 on May 17.

“The coronavirus will not go away. But if we can reduce the ratio to less than one, it will sprea...