Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the move to once again extend the city’s PSBB is to anticipate a potential surge in fresh Covid-19 cases from the year-end holiday.
“We are monitoring the movement of residents and controlling the situation to avoid any virus transmission from people outside of Jakarta entering the city or vice-versa.”
After a long year spent in lockdown and uncertainties, Jakarta residents and much of Indonesia are anxiously awaiting the Christmas and New Year holidays.
However, Anies reminded residents yet again to refrain from joining any gatherings and to stay home during the holiday break.
“It is crucial for the families in Jakarta to not travel outside the home, let alone travel outside of the city.”
Preparations ahead of the holidays
Widyastuti, Head of the Jakarta Health Agency, said that the provincial government is moving fast to add self-isolation beds and ICU rooms for Covid-19 patients.
Widyastuti highlighted that the Covid-19 isolation beds in Indonesia’s capital city is already 85 percent filled. Out of the total 6,663 isolation beds, 5,691 are occupied.