Indonesia to impose emergency curbs to battle virus surge

Indonesia will impose emergency coronavirus restrictions to battle a surge in infections, President Joko Widodo said, as the country scrambles to avoid a collapse of its overwhelmed healthcare system.

Widodo said the new curbs, starting Saturday, would last more than two weeks in the capital Jakarta, hard-hit Java, and the holiday island Bali after infections surged to record levels.

Daily cases almost reached 25,000 on Thursday, a new record for Southeast Asia’s worst-hit nation, as authorities warned about the rapid spread of highly infectious variants.

The new measures, slated to run until July 20, include ordering all non-essential employees to work from home, while classes will only be held online.

Shopping malls and mosques will also be shuttered in a bid to bring new daily cases to below 10,000 in the Muslim majority nation.

But public transit and domestic travel are still allowed for those who have had at least one vaccine dose.

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