Indonesian capital starts cinema reopening programme as Covid-19 cases are getting much lesser; only 3,145 cases on Thursday (Sept 16)

Visitors wearing protective masks walk at a shopping mall after the ease of restrictions amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday (Sept 16, 2021). - Reuters

JAKARTA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua): The administration of Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Thursday started conducting its pilot cinema reopening program as the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the city was declining, a city official said.

The Jakarta tourism agency's acting head Gumilar Ekalaya said all movie theatres in the city are now using a mobile application called PeduliLindungi for digital contact tracing to help control Covid-19.

The Covid-19 restrictions on public activities in Jakarta have been eased since a few weeks ago after a decline in the number of daily cases.

Shopping malls, restaurants and schools in the city have already reopened under tightened health protocols.

Movie theaters are required to conduct health screening procedures to their employees and moviegoers.

A cinema must be reopened with a maximum capacity of 50 percent and not allow those under 12 years old to enter. Eating and drinking are also prohibited inside a movie house.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,145 within one day to 4,181,309, with the death toll adding by 237 to 139,919, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

According to the ministry, 14,633 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from Covid-19 to 3,968,152.

To date, at least 43.48 million people in the country have received two shots of vaccines, while 76.15 million have taken the first doses, the ministry added. Indonesia is targeting to vaccinate 208.26 million people. - Xinhua

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