- Title: Indonesian capital starts two-week emergency period to curb coronavirus spread
- Date: 23rd March 2020
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (MARCH 23, 2020) (REUTERS) VOLUNTEERS WALKING ON STREET VOLUNTEER HOLDING UP SIGN READING (Bahasa Indonesia/English): "LET'S COMBAT CORONAVIRUS / 1. DISCIPLINE YOURSELF / 2. SOCIAL DISTANCING / 3. STAY AT HOME" PEOPLE WALKING / VOLUNTEERS STANDING VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS HOLDING SIGNS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) STUDENT VOLUNTEER, 22-YEAR-OLD MARTIN SIAHAAN, SAYING: "Because many people seem to not abide by the regulations, although some do. What is important is that we follow the advice of the government like social distancing, washing your hands, and monitoring your health. Most importantly, people need to be aware." PEOPLE LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS HOLDING SIGNS, TRAFFIC BAJAJ TAXIS ON THE STREET VARIOUS OF BAJAJ TAXI DRIVER RESTING (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) 50-YEAR-OLD BAJAJ TAXI DRIVER, WANDA KALI, SAYING: "Economically it is very difficult for us, very difficult for us to find business. Usually I would hang out around the train station. When the trains were full, it was easy to get business, but now we might only get one or two hires (per day)." DRIVER SEEN FROM MIRROR BAJAJ TAXI ON EMPTY STREET VARIOUS OF EMPTY RESIDENTIAL AREA
- Embargoed: 6th April 2020 07:46
- Keywords: Indonesia Jakarta Joko Widodo coronavirus health hospital president state of emergency
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001C69TBGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Indonesia's capital Jakarta shut cinemas and other public entertainment, limited public transport service and urged people to work from home on Monday (March 23) at the start of a two-week emergency period aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus in Southeast Asia's biggest city.
The new measures still fall short of the tougher lockdowns imposed by neighbouring countries amid concerns among some experts that the archipelago of 260 million people is not doing enough to contain the virus.
Volunteers were seen patrolling the streets on Monday, holding signs with messages urging people to follow the government's instructions.
Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo thanked medical staff and toured a new emergency hospital on the site of the "Athlete's Village" built for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta..
Doctors and other medical staff will receive bonuses ranging from 5 million rupiah to 15 million rupiah ($300-$900) per month in regions that have declared an emergency, Widodo said. Aside from Jakarta, the East Java region has also declared an emergency.
Indonesia has 514 confirmed cases of the virus and 48 deaths, mainly concentrated in Jakarta, whose governor on Friday (March 20) admitted medical staff were already getting over-stretched.
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