Indonesian officials have announced that restrictions are to be reimposed in Jakarta from Monday, September 14, following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the city. All nonessential businesses will be closed, with permits to be issued by authorities to allow office work. All entertainment venues will cease operations, and restaurants will be limited to takeaway services. Public transportation is to run a reduced service. Further details regarding restrictions are to be released in the coming days. Following strict restrictions imposed in early April, Indonesian authorities began to ease measures in June, as the pace of new COVID-19 infections slowed. However, authorities have reported over 1000 infections daily over most of September.
Travel measures are currently in effect and include the prohibition of all entry and transit by foreign nationals into or throughout Indonesia. These measures also include the entry of foreign workers. However, foreign nationals with a limited stay permit card (Kitas), permanent stay permit card (Kitap), or other similar permits will still be allowed to enter the country. Restaurants, places of worship, and public transportation are operating at limited capacity throughout the rest of Indonesia. Wearing face masks in public is also mandatory.
As of Thursday, September 10, there have been 203,342 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 8336 associated fatalities in Indonesia. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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