Indonesia capital conditionally eases some coronavirus restrictions


Posted at Jun 04 2020 03:31 PM

Workers wear protective masks and face shields at a shopping center amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bandung, West Java Province, Indonesia, June 3, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa via Reuters

The governor of Indonesia's capital said on Thursday that movement restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus would be extended in Jakarta, but June would be a transition period with some rules conditionally eased.

"The movement restrictions status is still (in place) while we await for the transition into a healthy, safe, and productive condition," Anies Baswedan told a video briefing, referring to large-scale social restrictions in place since mid-April.

Starting Friday, Baswedan said some public transport networks would resume normal operations, while houses of worship would reopen, both with new social restrictions in place.

There has not been an official lockdown across Indonesia, which has recorded the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 in East Asia outside China, but cities like Jakarta have been allowed to impose restrictions.

The Indonesia health ministry has recorded 28,233 cases in the country, with 1,698 deaths and 8,406 recoveries as of June 3.