Residents of Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta who tested positive for the coronavirus will be isolated in official facilities and can no longer be quarantined at home, the city’s governor said ahead of tighter restrictions that take effect on Monday.
Isolation at home must be avoided to limit contagion, Anies Baswedan said at a press conference on Sunday. The city’s police chief said officers will be deployed to ensure people abide by the latest rules. They include requiring companies in non-essential sectors let employees work from home or have no more than a quarter of their workforce in offices.
The city that’s home to more than 10 million people had repeatedly delayed a plan to further ease social distancing measures, after gradually allowing shopping malls then offices to reopen with some limits starting from June. It remains the epicenter of infections in Indonesia, where the number of confirmed infections have exceeded 218,000 with more than 8,700 deaths.
From Sept. 14, Jakarta is limiting the use of public transportation, as well as shutting entertainment sites and places of worship. For external activities, there can’t be more than five people per group, Baswedan said Sunday. Last week, he said he was seeking to limit people’s movement into and out of Jakarta by coordinating with mayors of surrounding cities.
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