Emergency restrictions extended


Safety measures: A man receiving a dose of a coronavirus vaccine at a shopping mall in Banda Aceh. — AFP

The government has decided to extend the emergency community activity restrictions, known locally as PPKM Darurat, to July 25 as the country is still fighting the second wave of Covid-19.

The emergency restrictions, which include a ban on dine-in at restaurants and mandates to work from home for workers in non-essential sectors, were initially implemented on the country’s most populated island of Java and the resort island of Bali from July 3 to July 20.

The restrictions were later expanded to 15 other regions that saw surges in new Covid-19 cases.

At a virtual press conference on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo said the government had decided to extend the policy for a week and would relax it on July 26 if cases drop.

“If the trend of cases continues to decline, then on July 26, 2021, the government will open it in stages,” he said.

Joko also said that the government would continue to distribute social and financial assistance to those who deserve them amid the pandemic situation.

The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that Covid-19 cases in the country rose by 38,325 within one day to 2.95 million. Meanwhile, the death toll increased by 1,280 to 76,200. — Xinhua

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