Thu, 11 Aug 2022

JAKARTA, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government has extended the micro-scale COVID-19 restrictions from May 31 to June 14, and expand the measure to four more provinces, an official said on Monday.

"The restrictions are also applied to Gorontalo, Maluku, North Maluku and West Sulawesi provinces," said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto.

Hartarto pointed out that the new daily cases of COVID-19 infections this week increased to 5,000 per day, compared to those of last week of 3,800.

Meanwhile, the government is anticipating a spike in COVID-19 cases after the Eid al-Fitr homecoming season, which was estimated to last for the next four to five weeks.

"Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases starts to rise, but the rate is still slow," said Hartarto.

The surge in the number of COVID-19 cases was found in 10 provinces, namely Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau Islands, Jakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, North Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku and North Maluku.

So far, 24.81 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Indonesia, including 9.89 million doses for the second vaccination.

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