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Indonesia may start new holiday to replace Eid exodus amid COVID-19 concerns

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday the government is considering starting a new national holiday to prevent the annual mass exodus usually occurring at the end of the Muslim fasting month amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Widodo said at a cabinet meeting that measures could be put in place during the new holiday such as making tourist attractions free to help "bring some calm to the people".

No lockdown for Indonesia

President Joko Widodo declared a state of emergency as coronavirus deaths in the world’s fourth most populous country jumped again, but he resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown.

Govt to release 30,000 prisoners early

The country is set to release about 30,000 prisoners early as the South-East Asian nation seeks to avoid a possible surge in coronavirus infections in its overcrowded prisons.

Indonesian tailor gets protective in coronavirus fight

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Reta Riana was shocked when she discovered how Indonesian medical staff were forced to wear raincoats as makeshift protective wear, so she decided to use her sewing skills to make suits for hospital staff tackling coronavirus cases.