Published on : Thursday, August 12, 2021
Soon after the official data on new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta was published, the Indonesian government extended its COVID 19 curbs on the populous Java and Bali islands till August 16. The government took such measures as there was a hike in cases in several other places than Jakarta.
The authorities restricted public mobility in early July and extended the curb to the other highly infected areas to stem the transmission of highly transmissible delta variants.
The cabinet minister, Luhut Pandjaitan said last Monday that he does not want the improvement achieved laboriously to go in vain.
Luhut added that malls will be open with 25% visitor strength for the vaccinated people except for children and the elderly. Everyone entering the mall has to show their vaccination proof using a digital application.
The vaccination status of the masses will determine which health protocols they must abide by in sectors like tourism and education and whether they have to wear masks further said health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.
Outside Bali and Java, restrictions will be extended till August 23 as those places recorded a case hike by 1.2% while cases dropped in Java and Bali by 27% this month.
In Jakarta, a total of 14,619 were recorded on July 12, but on Monday cases dropped to 727 as per government data. The bed occupancy rate in city hospitals dropped from 90% to 39%.
The ICU bed occupancy in Gorontalo on Sulawesi Island surpassed 90% while the same in three regions of the Sumatra Island was above 80% as published in the data by the Health Ministry.