JAKARTA, March 22 (Bernama) -- Further control and movement restrictions will be enforced for two weeks beginning tomorrow in the city of Jakarta, which has recorded the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19.
Achmad Yurianto, spokesman of the Indonesian authorities on COVID-19, said that while 64 new cases were recorded as of noon today, taking the total to 514, the death toll has risen to 48, of which 29 occurred in Jakarta.
The other fatalities were recorded in West Java (9), Central Java and Banten (3 each), Bali (2) and one each in East Java and North Sumatera.
The increased restriction and movement control in Jakarta involves reducing the frequency of public transport services operating from 6 am to 8 pm only as well as controlling the number of passengers, emphasising social distancing, closing entertainment centres and fully implementing the concept of working from home in non-critical sectors.
On March 14, Jakarta authorities only closed schools, higher educational institutions, places of worship, tourist spots as well as banned mass gatherings for two weeks from March 15 to March 29.
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Then on March 20, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital city in an effort to contain the pandemic.
It is feared that more than 600,000 Indonesians are at risk of being infected with the virus, with Achmad Yurianto saying the number of positive cases could spike drastically based on contact tracing to find people who may have been exposed to the virus.
Indonesian authorities have also carried out disinfectant spraying at certain areas where people usually congregated, among them the main roads in Jakarta City, Jalan Sudirman and the Nationa Monument (Monas) area.
The authorities have also been conducting “rapid tests” in the south Jakarta area since March 20 as an early-screening effort to see if a person has any symptoms of COVID-19.
The 15,000-capacity Wisma Atlet Kemayoran (2018 Asian Games Athletes’ Village) will also be used to operate as a temporary hospital and quarantine centre from tomorrow.
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