The authorities in the Indonesian capital have announced that they will impose new social restrictions in a pandemic that is already causing more than 200,000 cases in the Asian archipelago to curb the rise in infections with the new coronavirus.
Jakarta lifted much of the measures in June, but cases have exploded since then. The Indonesian capital has registered 1,004 of the 3,307 infections confirmed since Tuesday, accumulating nearly 50,000, a quarter of the country’s total.
Governor Anies Baswedan believes it is time to “put the handbrake on as soon as possible” and announces that new restrictions will be introduced gradually. These measures begin on Monday, the date that non-essential workers will be asked to work from home, and the ban on entering and leaving the city is not excluded.
Baswedan has warned that intensive care units could be full before the end of September if cases continue to increase at the current rate.