The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is set to undergo another round of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) from next Monday (14 September), following a rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
This was announced by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a press conference yesterday evening.
As quoted by The Jakarta Post, in response to this increase in cases, he said: "We have no choice other than to pull the emergency brake, which is imposing (the) PSBB."
In light of these restrictions, from Monday, non-essential workplaces will not be allowed to operate and instead, will have to order their employees to work from home. Public activities including attending prayers and school will also not be allowed, while inbound and outbound travel will be banned.
As of Wednesday, the health authorities have recorded a total of 1,347 COVID-19 deaths in Jakarta, The Jakarta Post noted. Additionally, Governor Anies highlighted that 77% of the 4,053 isolation beds allocated for COVID-19 patients were now occupied, and that if the situation was not handled, the state will run out of isolation beds by 17 September.
View the press conference here:
Photo / Screenshot of press conference video on Governor Anies Baswedan's Facebook page