Indonesia extends COVID-19 curbs as infections spread in regions

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JAKARTA: Indonesia extended its COVID-19 curbs on populous Java and Bali islands until Aug 16, but will ease them in 26 areas, as official data showed infections have plunged in the capital Jakarta but are increasing elsewhere. In one of Asia\u0027s worst epidemics, authorities restricted mobility to stem the s

JAKARTA: Indonesia extended its COVID-19 curbs on populous Java and Bali islands until Aug 16, but will ease them in 26 areas, as official data showed infections have plunged in the capital Jakarta but are increasing elsewhere.

"Don't let the improvement that we've achieved laboriously go to waste," Luhut Pandjaitan, the Cabinet minister overseeing the response in Java and Bali, said late on Monday. People's vaccination status will determine which health protocols they must adhere to in sectors like tourism and education, whether they have to wear masks or not, said health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

In Jakarta, there were 14,619 infections on Jul 12, but on Monday, there were 727, government data showed. Overall bed occupancy rates at the city's hospitals dropped to 39 per cent from 90 per cent.

 

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