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Jakarta again extends 'PSBB transition' as positivity rate hovers just below 10% benchmark

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 28, 2020   /  04:52 pm
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Commuters wear face masks as they maintain safe physical distance while for their train on Aug. 18, 2020 at Tanah Abang railway station in Central Jakarta.(AFP/ADEK BERRY )

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday announced that he would again implement another 14-day extension of the transition period for gradual easing of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), effective starting Friday. The extension is the fifth since the capital began its so-called transitional PSBB phase on June 4 to revive the sluggish economy. And this time, Anies is looking to reopen movie theaters, despite the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases. The city recorded 820 new cases on Thursday when Anies announced the extension, its highest daily tally. On Friday, it recorded 816 new cases to bring Jakarta’s cumulative tally to 37,278 confirmed cases, including 6,955 active cases of which 2,827 patients are currently hospitalized. The nation's capital has recorded a total of 1,154 COVID-19 deaths. ...