Authorities will extend Jakarta's second partial lockdown for another two weeks starting from Monday, September 28, as nearby cities continue to see a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The infection rate in Jakarta has reportedly slowed since the restrictive measures were reimposed on September 14.
The current measures have seen all entertainment venues, parks, and sport facilities cease operations, and restaurants limited to takeaway services. Most nonessential businesses have closed, with some allowed to continue with authorization and permits issued by authorities and only with 25 per cent of employees working in offices. Stiffer penalties have been introduced to individuals and business entities breaching the rules. Public transportation is running a reduced service. Gatherings of more than five people are banned nationwide.
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. Wearing face masks in public is also mandatory.
As of Thursday, September 24, Jakarta had 66,731 infections in total and 1648 deaths. The entire country recorded 262,022 cases and 10,105 fatalities.
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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