Indonesias Capital Under Virus Order, Hospitals Nearly Full

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Main streets were less crowded as Indonesias capital began 2 weeks of social restrictions on Monday to curb the rise of coronavirus infections that has pushed its critical-care hospital capacity to unsafe levels.

Police at checkpoints imposed sanctions on bikers that did not wear their masks. But business owners were confused, and workers said supporting the health care system, strained by COVID-19 patients, should be the priority.

Jakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan announced the restrictions Sunday, to last from Monday to Sept. 27, in what he described as an emergency decision to control a rapid expansion in coronavirus cases in Jakarta.

Social, economic, religious, cultural, and academic activities will be restricted, with 11 essential sectors, like food, construction, and banking, allowed to operate with health protocols and 50 percent of usual staffing levels.

Officers stand guard at a police check point
Officers stand guard at a police check point
Officers stand guard at a police check point during the imposition of large-scale restriction to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 14, 2020. (Achmad Ibrahim/AP Photo)

Schools, parks, recreation sites, and wedding reception venues must close entirely. Restaurants and cafes are limited to takeaway and delivery service. Shopping centers must limit the number of visitors and their hours. Only religious places at residential areas are able to open.

Jakarta previously imposed large-scale social restrictions from April to June, then eased the gradually with businesses reopening and using health protocols.

But the virus has spread significantly since June, and medical facilities are filling with sick patients. Seven of 67 COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta are 100 percent occupied, while 46 are more than 60 percent occupied.

Baswedan said last week the hospital capacity for isolation and intensive-care rooms has exceeded the safe limit and is estimated to reach the maximum capacity on Thursday, after which Jakarta health facilities will collapse.

A woman wearing a face mask
A woman wearing a face mask
A woman wearing a mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak talks on her mobile phone on the sidewalk of a street at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 14, 2020. (Tatan Syuflana/AP Photo)triction

“From the death rate, the use of isolation beds, the use of the special ICU for COVID-19 shows that the outbreak situation in Jakarta is in an emergency situation,” he added.

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