Jakarta to reimpose partial lockdown as virus cases surge

11-Sep-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta plans to re-impose a partial lockdown as early as Monday over fears that surging coronavirus cases could “collapse” its under-pressure hospitals, the sprawling city’s governor said.

The megacity of some 30 million will see many office buildings and large mosques closed along with restaurants and other entertainment venues, while public transport hours will also be restricted.

The announcement comes three months after an earlier lockdown was lifted, sending infection rates soaring.

This picture taken on September 9, 2020 shows hospital workers preparing the body of a patient who succumbed to the coronavirus for burial, in an isolation ward at the Bogor general hospital in West Java. Indonesia reported at least 203,342 confirmed cases on Wednesday and over 8,336 deaths due to Covid-19. With some of the world’s lowest testing rates, the true scale is widely believed to be much greater. Retail sales are down by more than 10%. Photo: AFP.

This picture taken on September 9, 2020 shows hospital workers preparing the body of a patient who succumbed to the coronavirus for burial, in an isolation ward at the Bogor general hospital in West Java. Indonesia reported at least 203,342 confirmed cases on Wednesday and over 8,336 deaths due to Covid-19. With some of the world’s lowest testing rates, the true scale is widely believed to be much greater. Retail sales are down by more than 10%. Photo: AFP.

“The Jakarta administration has decided to pull the emergency brake and go back to large-scale restrictions,” governor Anies Baswedan said late Wednesday.

Without fresh moves to contain virus cases, the capital’s hospitals could be overrun as early as next week, he said.

“After that, Jakarta’s health facilities would collapse,” he added.

Indonesia’s composite stock index briefly plunged more than four percent Thursday in response to the announcement.

Jakarta had by Wednesday recorded just under 50,000 confirmed casesaround a quarter of the national totalas well as more than 1,300 deaths.

But with some of the world’s lowest testing rates, the spread of the disease is widely believed to be much greater than official figures suggest.

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