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Indonesia bans travel from India amid imported COVID-19 case, surge

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Travelers walk toward a checkpoint prior to boarding their planes at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Dec. 23, 2020.(Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)
Eisya A. Eloksari
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23, 2021

Indonesia will restrict all passenger travel from India starting Sunday following discoveries of imported COVID-19 cases from the South Asian country, where a recent surge of coronavirus cases has overwhelmed its health system.

Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said authorities would stop granting visas to Indian nationals and foreigners who lived or went to India in the past 14 days. The decision was taken as the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in India was “very worrying”, the minister went on to say.

Airlangga said the travel restrictions were temporary and would be studied further following the situation in India.

On Friday, the daily tally of new coronavirus cases in India surpassed 330,000. Meanwhile, Indian health authorities recorded 2,263 deaths in the past ...

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