Jakarta's large-scale social distancing extended until June 18

Jakarta's large-scale social distancing extended until June 18

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta  Anies Rasyid Baswedan officially extended the period of large-scale social distancing (PSBB) measures in the capital city until June 18, 2020.

"Taking into account the considerations of experts, including those in epidemiology and public health, we have decided to extend the status of PSBB in Jakarta," Baswedan remarked during a press conference held at the Jakarta City Hall here on Thursday.

June is a transitioning period from the massive PSBB to safe, healthy, and productive conditions, according to the governor.

"This June is a period during which various social, economic, and religious activities can be conducted in stages with adherence to the set restrictions," Baswedan noted.

The governor's decree on the PSBB extension is effective from June 5, 2020.

The governor's decree stipulates that the decision to extend the PSBB was based on recommendations from the Jakarta Task Force for acceleration of handling of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The fact showed that confirmed COVID-19 cases were still aplenty during the implementation of PSBB to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

Hence, the Jakarta administration has decided to extend the measures.

In the meantime, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia totaled 26,473, of which 7,308 patients recovered, Achmad Yurianto, the government's spokesperson on COVID-19 response, stated over the weekend.

"We have recorded 293 new recoveries today, and they are mostly patients aged between 29 and 45 years. In fact, we are upbeat about more quick recoveries in this age group, so they can be productive again," Yurianto noted at a press conference for the Task Force for the COVID-19 Response at Graha BNPB here on Sunday (June 1).

According to data collected from Saturday noon (May 30) until Sunday afternoon, 700 other people tested positive for COVID-19, thereby bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 26,473. The death toll increased by 40 to reach 1,613 people.

The number of patients under surveillance (PDP) reached 12,913, while patients under monitoring (ODP) stood at 49,936.

Yurianto, concurrently Director General of Disease Prevention and Control (P2P) of the Ministry of Health, stated that five provinces had recorded the highest number of additional COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

East Java registered 244 additional confirmed cases, followed by 118 new cases in Jakarta, 42 cases in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), 37 cases in Central Java, and 31 cases in South Sulawesi. Related news: Public adherence instrumental in ushering in new normal: Governor
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