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Indonesia extends mobility restrictions outside Java, Bali

JAKARTA (BERNAMA) – Indonesia has extended public mobility restrictions outside Java and Bali from yesterday to April 11 based on the current COVID-19 situation, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said yesterday.

Meanwhile, worship activities such as optional evening Tarawih prayers in mosques are allowed to be carried out during the Ramadhan fasting month, said the minister, who is also the coordinator for the implementation of public mobility restrictions, said Xinhua.

In his statement, the minister noted that 45 per cent of the targetted population have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 60 per cent have received their first dose.

Hartarto called on the heads of regional administrations in Indonesia to anticipate the potential for further spread of COVID-19 and increase the coverage of two doses of vaccination plus a booster, especially for the elderly.

He also asked for the enforcement of the mandatory provisions for booster and antigen tests for people going home to their villages for Aidilfitri, while calling for preparation for health facilities to anticipate the potential increase in positive COVID-19 cases after the fasting month and Muslim post-fasting festivities.

Tourists visit Kuta beach, Bali, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP