Java, Bali extend COVID restrictions despite decline in daily cases

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – The Indonesian government on Monday decided to extend its COVID-19 restrictions on public activities, locally known as PPKM, on the country’s most populated island of Java and resort of Bali for another week.

As for some regions outside the two islands, the restrictions are extended until September 20.

At a virtual press conference on Monday evening, the country’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the number of places implementing PPKM Level 4 in Java and Bali is reducing.

“PPKM is extended. Now the restriction status of the Special Region of Yogyakarta is lowered to Level 3,” Pandjaitan said, referring to a province on Java which was hit the hardest by the latest COVID-19 wave.

The PPKM policy has been imposed by the government following the surge in coronavirus cases from late June to July, fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

People enjoy sunset at Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia resort island of Bali. PHOTO: AFP

The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has risen to 4.1 million with 136,473 deaths, showed the Health Ministry data.

At least 38.47 million people in the Southeast Asian country have received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 67.15 million have taken their first dose.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 4,413 within one day to 4,133,433, with the death toll adding by 612 to 136,473, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 13,049 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from COVID-19 to 3,850,689.

To date, at least 38.47 million people in the country have received two shots of vaccines, while 67.15 million have taken the first shots, the ministry added.