June 2, 2021, 06.17 AM
Covid-19 illustration. KOMPAS.COM/HANDOUTCovid-19 illustration.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Jakarta Provincial Administration has announced that it will hold Enforced Micro-Scale Restriction of Community Activities [PPKM] to June 14. The capital is taking the policy along with the rest of Indonesia’s 34 provinces.

“The Jakarta Provincial Administration will hold PPKM for the next two weeks to June 14, to control the [Covid-19] pandemic and carry on with the [nationwide] vaccination program,” said Jakarta Health Services head Widyastuti in a press release Tuesday, June 1.

“The policy is carried out to anticipate the surge in cases, as activities return to normal after the Eid al-Fitr or Idul Fitri holidays. As of May 31, the number of active cases in Jakarta stands at 10,658, up by 3,365 from the last two weeks,” she added.

Also read: Covid-19: Jakarta Sets Daily Record With 1,000 New Infections Against Post Eid Holidays

“This number came from medical workers carrying out tracing for early detection cases, particularly among those who traveled during the Idul Fitri holidays.”

Crowds converge on Sunter Reservoir in North Jakarta for a day out during the Pancasila Day holidays on Tuesday (6/1/2021)Abdu Faisal Crowds converge on Sunter Reservoir in North Jakarta for a day out during the Pancasila Day holidays on Tuesday (6/1/2021)
Widyastuti added that the Jakarta Health Services have prepared 6,621 beds in hospital wards for those people who contracted Covid-19 and wished to self-isolate. “Of this number of beds, 2,176 or 33 percent are already taken. Of 1,014 beds in ICU wards, 362 or 36 are used,” she asserted.

“The situation is an improvement over last year. Though case numbers are increasing, the bed occupancy rate is under 50 percent, though we are still anticipating a surge.”

Authorities in Jakarta are set to have their work cut out for them, as they enforced health protocols on the public in malls, supermarkets or recreational areas.

Also read: Indonesian Minister of Helath Apologizes For Jakarta's Bad Covid-19 mitigation grade

The Antara state news agency reported that Public Order Agency or Satpol PP looked helpless, as hordes of local people swarmed out to the Sunter 2 reservoir in North Jakarta to enjoy a day out during the Pancasila Day holiday.

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