Indonesia: Party-goers busted in raid on discotheque as Covid-19 cases and death keep rising


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  • Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

Labourers rollling tobacco at their work terminals, separated by plastic covers as part of measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, at a Gudang Baru cigarette factory in Malang, East Java, on Saturday (July 11). Virus cases and the death toll in Indonesia has been rising fast. - AFP

JAKARTA, July 11 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Authorities busted around 100 people during a raid on Top One Discotheque in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, in the early hours of the morning.

Ivan, the head of entertainment and recreation monitoring at Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, said the people found on the premises included patrons, hostesses and sex workers.

He said the raid was conducted following a report from locals. Authorities followed up the report and found that the discotheque was operating from 12pm to 1a

m despite the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed in the capital.

“We had been monitoring the premises since last night and went inside to check,” Ivan said,a s quoted by kompas.com.

As punishment, the discotheque patrons will have to serve community service, as stipulated in Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 53/2020 on PSBB violations.

On Wednesday, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that the capital was extending the transitional Covid19 restrictions for 14 days, as well as tightening supervision of traditional markets and train services.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,671 within one day to 74,018, with the death toll adding by 66 to 3,535, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Saturday.

According to him, 1,190 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 34,719.

Within the past 24 hours, seven provinces recorded high numbers of cases, while no more positive cases were found in six provinces, Yurianto said.

Yurianto called on the public to obey the implemented health protocols to avoid more Covid-19 infections. - The Jakarta Post.Asian News Network
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