Indonesia launches new emergency measures on 2 Jul 21: Minister

  • Indonesia will launch emergency measures on 2 Jul 21 aimed at controlling its worst outbreak of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with the curbs due to run until 20 Jul 21, a senior minister said.
  • Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on his Instagram account late on 30 Jun 21, that the health protocols would be applied using law enforcement. He did not provide details but a government document reviewed by Reuters said the measures will be applied on the islands of Java and Bali.
  • In a bid to halve the current daily cases to below 10,000, Indonesia is proposing tighter restrictions on movement and air travel, a ban on restaurant dining and closure of non-essential offices, according to the government document seen by Reuters.
  • The document, which were preliminary and not yet officially released, also contains proposals to close shopping malls.
  • Tighter restrictions are needed due to the spike in coronavirus cases, President Joko Widodo said on 30 Jun 21, with the bed occupancy ratio at hospitals also up significantly.
  • Bed occupancy ratio was at 72% nationally, he said, although some local authorities have reported rates far higher, including Jakarta.
  • The president also set a target to ramp up vaccinations in a bid to contain the outbreak, targeting 1 million doses per day in Jul 21 and 2 million doses in Aug 21, up from the current figures of 200,000 to 300,000 a day.

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