Indonesia has suspended all national air and sea travel for more than a month to curb the spread of the new corona virus, the Ministry of Transport said on Friday.
The ban came into effect this Friday and will remain in place until May 31, the ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati said. “Domestic passenger flights can only be operated to date to serve those who have made reservations,” he said.
International flights continue to be approved, but are limited to foreigners returning to their countries, he added. Travel in the Jakarta metropolitan area, a metropolis with 30 million inhabitants, is permitted, but is subject to social distance measures.
The Indonesian government has already banned annual travel to places of origin during the Muslim Eid al Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan to curb infections.
On the other hand, Indonesia recorded 436 new infections within 24 hours, the highest daily increase in cases this Friday, for a total of 8,211. In addition, a further 42 deaths were counted, so that according to the pandemic spokesman Achmad Yurianto, 686 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19.