Jakarta extends COVID-19 state of emergency to April 19

The Jakarta Post : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the state of emergency in the capital city to April 19 in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made during a meeting involving the provincial administration, the Jakarta Police and the Kodam Jaya military command on Saturday.

“Initially the plan was for [the state of emergency] to stay in effect until April 5. We are prolonging the state of emergency for Jakarta until April 19,” the governor said during a press briefing at City Hall on Saturday.

He said the stay-at-home instruction and closure of schools and tourist destinations would also be extended to April 19.

“We urge citizens not to leave their house, except for urgent and essential matters such as food and health care.”

The provincial administration also urged Jakarta residents to not leave the city to return to their respective hometowns for mudik (exodus).

“Despite the limitations, medical facilities in Jakarta are more prepared to handle [the outbreak],” the governor said. “Please be more responsible by staying in Jakarta, especially if you are being monitored for COVID-19.”

Indonesian health authorities had confirmed 1,155 cases of COVID-19 nationwide as of Saturday, with 102 fatalities and 46 recoveries. The capital city was the hardest-hit region with 627 cases – 61 of whom were medical workers in 26 hospitals across Jakarta – and 62 deaths. (kuk)

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