Jakarta PPKM set to be extended


Jakarta has undergone many different versions of lockdown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time round, the micro version of the restrictions on the movement of people (PPKM, or perlakuan pembatasan kegiatan masyarakat) will be extended again to curb the spread of COVID-19, said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Monday, 5th April 2021.

According to the governor, the decision was made in accordance with the central government’s policy. However, he has not specified how long the restrictions will be extended for this time. They were previously extended for two weeks.


The Jakarta government is considering allowing karaoke parlors to open


a karaoke parlor in jakarta
The Jakarta government is currently considering permitting karaoke parlors to reopen
Image credit: @happup.jakarta.mampang

Amid the restrictions, the Jakarta municipal government is currently considering allowing karaoke parlors to open, having previously permitted several entertainment venues to operate at limited capacity.

According to the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Office, dozens of karaoke parlor operators have applied for permits to reopen their businesses, although no single permit has been issued so far.


Jakarta has hit 386,989 COVID-19 cases


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Image adapted from: Jakarta COVID-19 Task Force

At the time of writing, Jakarta has 386,989 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 6,076 active cases currently in isolation.

The Jakarta government has set a target to vaccinate 8,815,157 people, and so far 498,076 or 16.6% have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Remember that the pandemic is not over yet


Though things are starting to return to normal thanks to widespread vaccination, we need to keep in mind that the pandemic is not over yet and the virus poses a real danger to everyone – especially those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly.

In the meantime, we should not let ourselves be complacent, and always remember to adhere to health protocols including maintaining physical distancing, washing our hands, and avoiding unnecessary gatherings.

After all, it all depends on us and how we implement health protocols to keep the COVID-19 numbers low until we can make sure everyone is fully vaccinated against the disease.

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Cover image adapted from Antara and @happup.jakarta.mampang

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