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Case spike leads to curbs in Java, Bali

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 6, 2021   /  11:44 pm
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A man not properly wearing his face mask passes a banner for a face mask-wearing campaign displayed at Depok City Hall in West Java on Wednesday. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has announced that Depok and Karawang are on high alert for the spread of COVID -19.(Antara/Asprilla Dwi Adha)

With the country facing a resurgence of coronavirus cases, recording its highest daily rise in infections ever with 8,854 cases on Wednesday, the government has announced a plan to impose stricter social restrictions throughout Java and Bali islands. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto announced after a limited Cabinet meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday that the government would further limit public activities of more than 140 million people on the two islands from Jan. 11 to 25. “This is not a ban but a restriction on public activities,” the minister said after the meeting. The announcement came as the country was preparing to commence its mass inoculation drive and as dozens of countries around the world were imposing new rounds of lockdowns amid resurging cases partly triggered by a new and more contagious variant of th...

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