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Government extends curbs as cases near 1 million

  • The Jakarta Post

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2021   /  01:00 am
A pedestrian walk in front of a restaurant at Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta on Jan. 8, 2021. The government tells regional administrations across Java and Bali to reimpose full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) from Jan. 11 to 25 to curb the COVID-19 transmissions in the country's most populous islands.(Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

The government has extended the current period of public activity restrictions (PPKM) for another two weeks in Java and Bali, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, as the country’s ever-increasing COVID-19 infection rate is expected to exceed the 1 million-mark in the coming days. Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who also helms the national COVID-19 and economic recovery committee, told a press briefing on Thursday that only two of the seven provinces imposing the restrictions since Jan. 11 had shown progress in curbing coronavirus transmission. “Of the seven provinces, five reported an increase [in COVID-19 cases], while Banten and Yogyakarta showed a decline,” Airlangga said, as quoted by kompas.com. Per the latest extension, the PPKM will remain in effect in 77 regencies and municipalities across Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bante...