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Jakarta Post

Government prepares measures against new coronavirus variant

Travelers walk toward a checkpoint prior to boarding their planes at Terminal 3 in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) said the number of travelers for Christmas celebration in domestic flights peaked on Dec. 23 with a total of 85,000 passengers, mostly heading to Bali, Medan, Manado, Surabaya and Makassar.(Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)
Jakarta   ●   Mon, December 28 2020

The Indonesian government has drawn up a list of preventive measures following a new coronavirus variant that was discovered in the United Kingdom, says national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo.

On Thursday, Doni said that Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan had conducted a ministerial meeting in the previous week to anticipate the new strain of the coronavirus, which has reportedly been detected in Australia and Singapore.

In the meeting, Luhut also invited epidemiologists to provide the government with insight and feedback regarding COVID-19 mitigation in the country.

The task force, Doni went on to say, had also attempted to reduce the chances of coronavirus transmission in the country by limiting entry for foreigners and Indonesians who departed from countries that had detected...

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