Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned railway company, PT KAI, in its operational area (Daop) 1 in Jakarta, still allows healthy passengers to travel without masks amid a spike in cases of COVID-19.

The regulation is in accordance with Circular Letter of the Minister of Transportation Number 17 of 2023 concerning Health Protocols for Travelers Traveling by Train During the Transition Period of the COVID-19 Endemic.

"Customers of long-distance trains and local trains are allowed to not wear masks if they are in good health and are not at risk of transmitting COVID-19," the public relations manager of PT KAI Daop 1, Ixfan Hendriwintoko, stated on Saturday.

However, his side is willing to comply with regulations set by the government if there is an update regarding regulations related to COVID-19.

Hendriwintoko then reminded the passengers to complete their COVID-19 vaccination up to the fourth dose, especially for people with a high-risk of transmission. Practicing health protocols, such as washing hands regularly and increasing immunity, are also strongly suggested.

In an effort to maintain comfort and safety, his side always washes the exterior and interiors of the train to kill germs.

"Then after the train finished operating, we carried out fumigation at the maintenance area," he stated.

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During this holiday period, KAI Daop 1 Jakarta has dispatched 125,247 passengers for departures on December 21-23, 2023, from Gambir Station and Pasar Senen Station. In detail, 52,405 passengers departed from Gambir Station, with 39 trains per day, and 72,842 passengers from Pasar Senen Station, with 34 trains per day.

Hendriwintoko remarked that passengers highly favored Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Purwokerto, and Bandung.

Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, earlier, the DKI Jakarta Health Service reminded the public to remain alert to the transmission of COVID-19 since the cases are estimated to increase until mid-January of 2024.

Head of the DKI Jakarta Health Office, Ani Ruspitawati, stated on December 22 that as of December 20, some 613 active cases were reported in Jakarta. Of this figure, 414 patients are self-isolating, while 199 other patients are being hospitalized.

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Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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