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Jakarta Post

Jakarta ready to welcome ‘new normal’ soon, minister says

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 29 2020   /  01:18 am

Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has suggested that several regions, including Jakarta, might be ready to welcome the so-called “new normal” phase as they have shown a decline in COVID-19 transmission.Citing National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) data, Airlangga said the spread of the disease had slowed in Central Java, Bali, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, where the COVID-19 basic reproduction number (R0) had fallen below 1.Some areas in Sumatra, including Aceh, West Sumatra, Riau and Bangka Belitung, as well as some provinces in Sulawesi and Kalimantan, have also seen an R0 below 1, Airlangga said, adding that “the trend keeps decreasing”.“Based on Bappenas data regarding R0, some areas are ready [to welcome a new normal], including Aceh, Riau [...] and Jakarta, by the end of their period of large-scale social restrictions [PSBB] on June 4,” Airlangga said....