Indonesian capital partly reopens after lockdown

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) – Indonesia’s capital partly reopened yesterday after two months of lockdown, as the world’s fourth most populous nation gradually reopens its economy.

Jakarta, home to 11 million people, had been under large-scale social restrictions since April 10.

Offices, restaurants and grocery stores reopened with only 50 per cent of employees and customers. Public transportation also resumed services. On Friday, all worship facilities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, including mosques, were allowed to reopen at half capacity and with social-distancing requirements in place.

Schools are remaining closed during this month’s transition phase to the so-called “new normal,” while some shopping centres, zoos and beaches will reopen next week.

Images on social media showed long lines of travellers at railway stations waiting to board trains back to Jakarta, with many ignoring distancing rules. Jakarta has recorded more than 8,000 cases of the coronavirus, including 529 deaths. Nationwide, there have been 31,186 infections and 1,851 fatalities.

Passengers ride a MRT train in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP