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Can Jakarta lead the way?

A man sports a face shield on top of a face mask and hand gloves while waiting to board the train at Tanah Abang Commuter Railway Station in Jakarta after work hours on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to soar in the country, commuters gear up to avoid contracting the virus.(TJP/Ardila Syakriah)
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Jakarta   ●   Sat, April 10 2021

As the seat of the nation’s capital, Jakarta sets the trend on many issues, whether it is politics, economics, socio-culture and entertainment. It is also leading when it comes to COVID-19, with the city reporting the first cases in March last year, and then consistently reporting the highest infection rate and the most deaths caused by the virus.

Will Jakarta set the trend as the nation struggles to get out of the pandemic and revive the economy? There are some encouraging signs to suggest this could be the case. Still with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the country, with other Java provinces close behind, Jakarta has seen a steady fall in the number of daily cases and deaths since February.

The number of daily fatalities among COVID-19 patients fell significantly since its peak of 70 on Feb. 1 to an average of just 11 this past week. If in the first...

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