Indonesia extends micro-scale restriction, expands it to 3 provinces as Covid-19 cases goes above 1.38 million


An Indonesian labourer carries goods over her head at a market in Surabaya on International Women's Day, March 8, 2021. - AFP

JAKARTA, March 8 (Xinhua): Indonesia has extended the micro-scale community activities restriction policy in Java and Bali until March 22 while expanding it to three provinces, a senior official said on Monday.

"The imposition of the restriction for the past two weeks succeeded in reducing the number of active Covid-19 cases and new cases," said Chairman of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery Airlangga Hartarto.

East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi and North Sumatra provinces have begun to apply the micro-scale community activities restriction policy as the cases of Covid-19 there have increased significantly.

During the micro-scale restriction implementation, the number of employees working in the office is limited to 50 percent, while the rest work from home. Restaurants are only allowed to accept diners to eat at a maximum of 50 per cent, and school activities are carried out online.

The number of cases decreased within the preceding two-week restriction implementation.

The bed occupancy rate and the number of intensive care units in hospitals were less than 70 per cent.

The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,894 within one day to 1,386,556, with the death toll adding by 281 to 37,547, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 8,725 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,203,381.

Within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 1,783 new cases, West Java 1,739, Central Java 871, Banten 591 and East Java 328.

No more new positive cases were found in two provinces during the past day, namely West Kalimantan and Gorontalo. - - Xinhua
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