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Indonesia Bans Air, Sea Travel Until June Over COVID-19 Fears

Well being officers take samples of saliva and nasal fluid from a resident (L) to check for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Tangerang on April 2, 2020. FAJRIN RAHARJO / AFP.


Indonesia will ban all air and sea journey till June, officers stated Thursday, in an obvious effort to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus throughout the holiest interval on the Islamic calendar.

The momentary ban takes impact Friday, the primary day of the fasting month of Ramadan for the Muslim-majority nation, and lasts till June 1.

It comes a day after the federal government, fearing an explosion in virus circumstances, banned the annual exodus for Eid al-Fitr, the vacation marking the top of Ramadan, when thousands and thousands journey to their hometowns and ancestral villages.

The most recent measure won’t apply to emergency, diplomatic or cargo transport, the federal government stated.

The repatriation of Indonesian residents from overseas and foreigners dwelling within the Southeast Asian archipelago may also be exempt.

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“It applies to both domestic and international commercial travel but there are some exceptions,” Transportation Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati instructed AFP.

The nation’s greatest airways Garuda and Lion Air had already scaled backed their business flights because the tourism market shrivelled up.

However the ban on sea journey might hamper the motion of thousands and thousands in a rustic of some 17,000 islands the place passenger ferries are a key mode of transportation.

The federal government had already known as on residents of main cities, together with the capital Jakarta, to remain put.

As of Thursday, Indonesia had confirmed 7,775 circumstances of COVID-19 and 647 deaths.

However the toll is extensively believed to be a lot increased in a rustic with one of many lowest testing charges on the planet.


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