Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry had offered an online registration service to Indonesians planning to get married, as the government battles the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by encouraging people to work from home.

The ministry's online registration service can be availed by the bride and groom candidates on simkah.kemenag.go.id, Director General of the Islamic Community Guidance at the Religious Affairs Ministry Kamaruddin Amin informed journalists here on Tuesday.

"As a result of the work-from-home policy, the ministry's employees can still serve those in need," he remarked while suggesting the bride and groom candidates to take into account the COVID-19 emergency status currently imposed if they are keen on holding their wedding parties.

If possible, the convening of wedding parties should be rescheduled until the condition improves, Amin remarked.

As of Monday (March 30), Indonesia had 1,414 confirmed cases of which 75 were discharged from hospitals, while 122 others died of this deadly virus.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases were found in 30 provinces comprising 698 in Jakarta, 180 in West Java, 128 in Banten, 91 in East Java, 81 in Central Java, 50 in South Sulawesi, 18 in Yogyakarta, 17 in East Kalimantan, 19 in Bali, 13 in North Sumatra, nine in Papua, seven in Central Kalimantan, three in Riau Islands, and eight each in West Sumatra and Lampung.

In containing the spread of this COVID-19 outbreak, security agencies in several Indonesian cities and towns have dispersed public gatherings and intensified patrols to prevent people from venturing outside at night.

In Aceh Province, the Aceh Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) had also imposed a two-month curfew to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

"The coronavirus curfew will be effective from March 29 to May 29," spokesperson for the Aceh Provincial Administration, Muhammad Iswanto, had stated earlier.

The coronavirus outbreak that initially struck in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December 2019 infected at least 785,777 people worldwide, while death toll from this virus was recorded at no less than 37,815 as of Tuesday.

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