Indonesia daily Covid-19 case loads getting lesser as thousands swarm tourists destinations in Jakarta during Hari Raya Festival


A hawker flies a kite at Carnaval Beach in Ancol Dreamland Park, North Jakarta, on Thursday. The city administration allowed people holding Jakarta identity cards to visit several tourist destinations across the capital during the Idul Fitri (hari Raya) holiday. - Jakarta Post/ANN

JAKARTA, May 15 (Jakarta Post/ANN): The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,385 within one day to 1,736,670, with the death toll adding by 144 to 47,967, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 4,181 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,597,067.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, West Java recorded 723 new cases, Central Java 248, Jakarta 227, Riau Islands 190 and East Java 183. E

Meanwhile, thousands flocked recreational areas and public cemeteries across Jakarta during the Idul Fitri (Hari Raya) holiday despite various restrictions imposed in the capital in an attempt to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta recorded some 40,000 visitors by around 5pm on Friday (May 14), the second day of Idul Fitri, as reported by kompas.com.

Pembangunan Jaya Ancol corporate secretary Agung Praptono announced that the most popular destinations within the park during the Idul Fitri holidays were beach areas, followed by Dunia Fantasi theme park and Seaworld aquarium.

The Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency allowed tourist destinations to be open during Idul Fitri under strict health protocols, such as requiring online reservations for visitors.

The destinations are also required to limit the number of visitors to 30 percent of their original capacity.

Agung said security officers were deployed to patrol within the park area to prevent visitors from forming crowds and make sure they adhere to health and safety rules, such as wearing face masks.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in East Jakarta recorded a total of around 23,000 visitors on Friday. Theme park spokesperson Adi Widodo said the figure was still below the 30-percent cap.

He added that the park would close its gate for visitors once it reached the maximum capacity.

During a coordination meeting on Monday (May 11), regional leaders of Jakarta and its satellite cities agreed to allow recreational areas to open for local visitors only, meaning that they would only be accessible to Jakarta residents.

Visitors will be required to show their identity cards upon entering the destinations.

The regional leaders also agreed to restrict people from visiting public cemeteries across Greater Jakarta for the ziarah (grave visit) tradition during Idul Fitri.

They argued that the tradition often led to crowds, which increase the risk of virus transmissions.

The policy was imposed to prevent Covid-19 transmissions from Jakarta — the country’s epicentreof the coronavirus disease — to satellite cities such as Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the policy would be in effect until Sunday (May 16). All tourist destinations and public cemeteries will be reopened for the general public on Monday. - Jakarta Post/ANN

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