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Jakarta Post

Jakarta stands its ground on COVID-19 rules as cases soar

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Fri, August 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Invisible threat: Wearing a hazmat suit, a member of the TransJakarta supporters community holds up a placard with the latest COVID-19 case figures in Jakarta to remind passengers of complying with health protocol at the Harmoni BRT Station in Central Jakarta, on Friday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is once again considering pulling the emergency brake to stop the gradual reopening of the economy as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar in the capital city. The city recorded 565 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 31,162, with 9,047 active cases and 1,046 deaths. On Tuesday, Jakarta had recorded 505 new COVID-19 cases. It has now reclaimed the status as the country’s epicenter of virus transmission, passing East Java, which had recorded 28,551 cases as of Tuesday. “I advise all residents to continue to wear a mask at all times. If you have any ailments, please report it to us and we will conduct a medical test,” Anies said on Monday. “About the emergency brake and so forth, we will monitor [the situation] for a few days ahead.” Anies vowed to closely monitor the positivit...