JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government extended the Covid-19 level 1 to level 3 restrictions on public activities outside Java and Bali until December 23, affecting some businesses and people’s mobility during the holiday season.
The Covid-19 measures, known by its Indonesian acronym PPKM, which was previously called the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), have been extended several times to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“The extension of PPKM outside Java and Bali will take place from December 7 to December 23,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, who is also the PPKM coordinator for outside Java-Bali, told a virtual press conference on Monday, December 6.
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Airlangga explained that the government has imposed alert level 1, the low-risk alert in the four-tiered Covid-19 restrictions on public activities, on 129 regencies/cities, or up above 60 percent from 51 regencies/cities during the previous PPKM.
Currently, 193 regencies/cities are in level 2 of PPKM, or up 10 percent from 175 regencies/cities previously. Meanwhile, the number of areas in the level 3 restrictions has been reduced from 160 to 64 regencies and cities.
“No regency or city is under level 4 of PPKM,” the senior minister said.
About 68.42 percent of the target population nationwide has been vaccinated with one dose, while 47.55 percent has been fully vaccinated, he said.
However, the number of people who have been vaccinated in some areas outside Java and Bali is still low. At least nine provinces have reached below 50 percent namely West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, North Maluku, Central Sulawesi, West Papua, Maluku, Southeast Sulawesi, Aceh, Papua.
As of Monday morning, Indonesia recorded a total of 4.25 million confirmed cases, while 143,867 people have died and 4.10 million have recovered.
(Writer: Fitria Chusna Farisa, Rosy Dewi Arianti Saptoyo | Editor: Diamanty Meiliana, Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)
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