Indonesia pushes for Covid-19 boosters shots with cases at two-month high

Girls wearing protective face masks take part in a ballet practice session at a studio in Ismail Marzuki Park, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, July 4, 2022. - Reuters

JAKARTA, July 4 (Bloomberg): Indonesia will ask people to show proof of a third Covid-19 vaccine shot to access crowded areas as the government banks on inoculation to manage an increase in cases.

The government seeks to encourage people to get their booster shots, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin in a Monday briefing.

Previously, limiting entry to shopping malls and public areas to those who are fully vaccinated has helped to quicken inoculation, he added.

South-East Asia’s largest economy extended limits on businesses’ capacity and opening hours through Aug. 1 for islands outside of Java and Bali as coronavirus cases pick up.

It hasn’t announced measures for Java and Bali yet.

The country has been reporting more than 2,000 new infections each day, the most since early April, as neighbours Singapore and the Philippines also grapple with a resurgence. - Bloomberg

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