Indonesia extends public activity restrictions amid ongoing Covid-19 pandemic issues; total cases now at 3,686,740

A waitress wearing a protective mask and gloves to curb the spread of (Covid-19) serves a drink for a customer at the Koral restaurant in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Monday (Aug 9, 2021). Antara Foto via Reuters

JAKARTA, Aug 9 (Xinhua): The Indonesian government has extended the public activity restrictions, locally known as PPKM, in Java and Bali until Aug 16, while reopening shopping centres as the number Covid-19 cases has declined in those islands, senior ministers said.

"The trial of reopening shopping centers and malls will be carried out in capital Jakarta, Bandung (West Java), Surabaya (East Java), and Semarang (Central Java), with a maximum capacity of 25 per cent over the next week," Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated on Monday.

Under strict health protocols, those who are allowed to enter the shopping centers are only people aged from 13 to 69 years old who have been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said the policy on the restrictions outside Java and Bali was extended for two weeks until Aug. 23.

The surge in Covid-19 cases has shifted to areas outside Java and Bali since the last week of July, especially those in the provinces of East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, Papua, West Sumatra, and Riau.

The Indonesian health ministry reported on Monday (Aug 9) that the number of coronavirus cases across the country rose by 20,709 within the past 24 hours to 3,686,740, with the death toll adding by 1,475 to 108,571.

Additional 44,959 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the total number of recoveries from the pandemic in the South-East Asian country to 3,129,661, according to the ministry.

To date, at least 24.21 million people in the country have received two shots of vaccines, and the number of those who had been injected with the first doses reached 50.63 million, the health ministry reported.

Indonesia is targeting to vaccinate 208.2 million people. - Xinhua

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