Indonesia tightens micro restrictions amid surge in Covid-19 cases in country from June 22-July 5


People dance to the music played by organizer while they wait to receive the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 21, 2021. Indonesia's president ordered authorities to speed up the country's vaccination campaign as the World Health Organisation warned of the need to increase social restrictions in the country amid a fresh surge of coronavirus infections caused by worrisome variants. - AP

JAKARTA, June 21 (Xinhua): The Indonesian government decided to tightened the micro-scale restrictions and extended them from June 22 to July 5 amidst the surge in the Covid-19 transmission, an official said on Monday.

Offices located in red zones are allowed to hold a maximum of 25 percent of employees, and those in other zones are permitted to hold a maximum of 50 percent of staff, said Airlangga Hartarto, chief of the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee and coordinating minister for economic affairs.

According to the regulation, public areas such as markets, shopping centers, restaurants and cafes in red zones are allowed to operate until 8:00 p.m. with a maximum of 25 percent of visitors, while groceries, pharmacies, and important sectors can operate fully.

Art and culture centres and places of worship in red zones are completely closed, while those in other zones are allowed to operate with a maximum of 25 percent of the visitor capacity.

Amid surging cases, the government is working to ramp up Covid-19 vaccination, aiming to increase the daily number of inoculations of the vaccines to 700, 000 in June and 1 million in July.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the current capacity for inoculating Covid-19 vaccines has reached 716, 000 per day, and the number would rise to 1 million daily in early July.

Indonesia is facing a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases after the long Aidilfitri holiday with the detection of the more contagious "variants of concern" such as Alpha, Beta, and Delta variants.

"Currently the government is strengthening efforts to solve upstream problems, and prevent people from getting sick by limiting their movement by 75 to 100 percent," said Sadikin.

To solve downstream problems, the government is also supplying more stocks of PPE (personal protective equipment) and medicines as well as increasing the bed capacity at a number of Covid-19 treatment centers.

Hartarto said the current hospital bed occupancy rate in 87 districts and cities in 29 provinces stood above 70 per cent. - Xinhua

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