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December 14, 2021, 12.00 AM

JAKARTA, – The government continues to extend the Covid-19 restrictions on public activities (PPKM) in Java and Bali by three weeks until January 3, 2022, in a move to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus during the holiday season.

“The details will be given through Minister of Home Affairs Instruction for Covid-19 that is valid for three weeks,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan told a virtual press conference on Monday, December 13.

The senior minister, who is also the PPKM coordinator in Java and Bali, said that the implementation of the Covid-19 measures shows a relatively stable trend as the number of confirmed cases is relatively low.

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As of December 11, only 10 regencies/cities or 7.8 percent of the total 128 regencies/cities in Java and Bali are in level 3 of PPKM, the moderate alert in the four-tiered Covid-19 restrictions. Besides, 13 regencies/cities are in level 1 of PPKM, the lowest in the four-tiered system, while four regencies/cities are now implementing PPKM level 2.

“Currently, the number of confirmed cases is still under control and the decline stands at 99 percent since the biggest spike in coronavirus cases last July,” Luhut said, adding that the number of active cases and patients who are being treated for Covid-19 in Java-Bali continue to decline.

Luhut called on the public to remain vigilant because the pandemic is not done yet, especially since the Christmas and New Year holidays are approaching.

“Today we should not be complacent with the current situation. We never know what will happen next because of the carelessness of people,” Luhut said.

As of Monday, Indonesia recorded 106 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 4.2 million since the first two confirmed cases in March last year.

(Writer: Fitria Chusna Farisa | Editor: Krisiandi)


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