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Indonesian President Says Curbs Need to Stem Covid Surge Outside Most Populous Islands

A mental health officer provides a protective face mask to a patient suffering from mental illness during a vaccination program in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters/for representation)

A mental health officer provides a protective face mask to a patient suffering from mental illness during a vaccination program in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters/for representation)

Indonesia's current mobility restrictions are in place until August 9.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a video released Saturday that COVID-19 infections have started to surge outside the populous Java-Bali islands, and that movement restrictions are needed to stem transmission.

“The people’s mobility needs to be stemmed. For at least two weeks," he said, adding that cases are surging in provinces such as West Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara. He did not specify where and when such restrictions will take place.

Indonesia’s current mobility restrictions are in place until August 9.

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first published:August 07, 2021, 21:45 IST