Indonesia adjusts COVID-19 restrictions according to localities

Tuesday, 2021-09-21 13:40:00
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NDO/VNA – Indonesia has extended the public activity restriction policy, locally known as PPKM, in Java and Bali, which was previously set to end on September 20.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan told a virtual press conference that the PPKM is extended for two more weeks from September 21 to October 4 to curb COVID-19 spread.

The Indonesian government continues to conduct evaluations weekly for the two islands and one every two weeks for other areas to anticipate any changes, he added.

Despite the extension, easing restrictions has been seen in a number of fields, including the reopening of such public spaces as shopping centres, entertainment areas, markets, cinemas, and churches.

The PPKM, beginning in Indonesia in July, has been extended multiple times along with easing restrictions given continuous reductions of COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of August.

On September 20, Indonesia logged 1,932 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since August 2020.

Indonesia, once Asia's coronavirus epicentre, has reported nearly 4.2 million infections overall and over 140,000 deaths, but new cases have dropped 98% from their peak in July, according to Luhut Pandjaitan.

Its average positivity rate - the percentage of tests that are positive - was just below 4% this month, under the World Health Organization's 5% threshold for determining whether an outbreak is under control.

The official warned, however, that were still risks of new infection waves and said quarantine protocols would be strengthened at entry points.