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Jakarta Post

Government opts for more targeted restrictions, while relaxing others, ahead of Chinese New Year

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 10, 2021   /  05:55 pm
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A pedestrian walks in front of a restaurant on Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta on Jan. 8. The government has instructed regional administrations throughout Java and Bali to impose micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) from Feb. 9 to 22 to curb COVID-19 transmission at the local level.(Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

Airlangga Hartarto, the leader of the National Economic Recovery (PEN) and COVID-19 Response Team, has announced that civil servants, state-owned enterprise employees, the police and members of the military will not be permitted to travel out of town during the Lunar New Year holiday and has urged everyone else to follow suit. However, he said on Monday that the government would begin imposing more targeted restrictions in densely populated regions of Java and Bali. Such areas account for 66 percent of all new COVID-19 cases in the country. But in their efforts to prevent a surge of transmission over the upcoming holiday, officials have introduced seemingly more relaxed measures – eliciting criticism from health experts. Under the latest mobility restrictions, dubbed micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro), the operational hours of restaurants and shopping ma...