1.2 million head home amid travel ban


At least 1.2 million citizens in the national capital Jakarta have departed the city to celebrate Aidilfitri (post-fasting festivities) in their hometowns, despite the government’s travel prohibition amid Covid-19 concerns, the Jakarta police chief has said.

“The number of people leaving Jakarta is estimated around 1.2 million, ” the Jakarta Police’s Chief Fadil Imran said at the city police headquarters on Tuesday.

Authorities have been implementing roadblocks on toll roads as well as suspensions of air, sea and railway transportations from May 6 to 17.

Only civil servants, police and military officers, and those who need to travel for work are exempted from the restrictions.

More than 70,000 vehicles with their occupants on their way home have been turned back along the exodus, known locally as mudik.

Some also reportedly managed to sneak past the checkpoints set up by authorities.

The Jakarta Police said it has coordinated with other relevant authorities to anticipate the backflow exodus.

Covid-19 tests at all checkpoints will be intensified, according to the city police chief.

The Ramadan fasting month in Indonesia, the largest Muslim population nation, began on April 13 and was expected to end on May 13, when Muslims celebrate the feast festival of Aidilfitri.

Official figures show that Indonesia has recorded more than 1.7 million Covid-19 cases, with more than 47,000 deaths. — Xinhua

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