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Jakarta Post

Anies may 'pull brake' as cases soar

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
Good to be back: Jakartans take to the streets around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to exercise during Car Free Day (CFD) on Sunday. After having been suspended since March 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jakarta administration resumed CFD along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin with strict health protocols in place during the transition phase of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).(JP/Donny Fernando)

Jakarta, the country’s first epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, is mulling whether to reimpose restrictions it previously eased as the daily number of new cases hits new records. Jakarta reported 281 new cases on Monday, making a total of 14,797 cases and 697 deaths so far. This figure was among the city’s record daily highs since the outbreak hit, the fifth-largest after 404 on Sunday, 378 on Saturday, 357 on Wednesday and 284 on Thursday. The latest daily records came a day after Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the city might consider tightening its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). Jakarta has gradually relaxed restrictions since June 4 in the hope of easing economic suffering, with businesses and offices reopening under new health protocols. It has also reopened public green spaces and outdoor tourist destinations. "If this continues, we may have...