Jakarta declares two-week emergency

Jakarta declares two-week emergency

Bars, entertainment venues and cinemas closed, public transport scaled back

Indonesian Muslims pray at a mosque on Friday despite official warnings to avoid large gatherings and close contact. (Reuters Photo)
Indonesian Muslims pray at a mosque on Friday despite official warnings to avoid large gatherings and close contact. (Reuters Photo)

JAKARTA: The governor of Jakarta on Friday declared a state of emergency for the next two weeks in the Indonesian capital, centre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Governor Anies Baswedan also said that public entertainment such as bars, spas and cinemas would be shut from Monday and public transport limited. He urged companies to let staff work from home if they can.

“Our medical teams across Jakarta are dealing with a great number of people,” he said. “Our response capability has a limit because the numbers of hospitals and staff are not in line with the growth of cases.”

As of Friday, Indonesia had 369 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 32 deaths, according to a health ministry official. Jakarta, a city of 10 million people, had 215 confirmed infections and 18 deaths.

Baswedan said he would provide support for people who relied on a daily salary.

Jakarta has also suspended religious activities, such as Islamic Friday prayers and Christian services, for two weeks. 


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