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West Java extends PSBB in Jakarta's satellite cities until July 2

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 7, 2020   /   10:06 am
West Java extends PSBB in Jakarta's satellite cities until July 2 A nurse takes the blood pressure of a woman in Bogor, West Java, on June 3. (JP/P.J. Leo)

The West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) until July 2.

West Java COVID-19 task force secretary Daud Achmad said the 28-day extension of the policy in Jakarta’s satellite cities had become effective on Saturday.

He said polices would be adjusted to each district, village and sub-district based on the level of emergency. The policy would also be adjusted to Jakarta’s plan to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors in June.

Daud added that Bodebek residents were required to follow PSBB and continue wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining physical distance.

“The key to the success of PSBB in Bodebek is the public’s adherence to the rules, which could help break the COVID-19 transmission chain,” said Daud.

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West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has issued a circular on the province’s plan to prepare for the so-called “new normal” to resume certain activities under health protocols. The letter was distributed to regents and mayors across the province.

In the circular, Ridwan asked regents and mayors to set PSBB policies that were proportional to the level of emergency in their respective areas. The governor also asked regional leaders to give leeway for religious activities in houses of worship.

The provincial administration has urged mayors and regents to be consistent in sanctioning people found in violation of PSBB.

“Regency and city administrations are required to submit a proposal to revoke PSBB and implement the new normal policy to the Health Minister through the governor. They must attach a study showing their preparedness to implement the new normal policy,” Daud said.

As of Saturday, health authorities had confirmed 2,376 cases of COVID-19 in West Java, with 158 deaths and 779 recoveries. Nationwide, there have been 30,514 cases and 1,801 deaths.