Indonesia Puts Jakarta Back Under Lockdown, Citing Coronavirus 'Emergency'

Indonesia Puts Jakarta Back Under Lockdown, Citing Coronavirus 'Emergency'


Officials in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, will place it on lockdown next week due to a recent spike in the city’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday his administration will reimpose large-scale social restrictions on the capital starting September 14.

“Considering the emergency situation in Jakarta, there are no other choices but to put the emergency brakes. This means that we have to implement the PSBB [large-scale social restrictions] as it was in the beginning of the pandemic. This is the emergency brake that we have to pull,” Anies said during a press briefing on Wednesday, CNN reported.

Under the restrictions, the government prohibits workplaces it considers “non-essential” from operating. The employees of these shuttered businesses are ordered to work from home. Public activities are also banned.

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“People will be told to work, study, and pray from home,” Anies said, according to the Jakarta Post.

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