Coronavirus Indonesia: Can Jakarta get its raging Covid-19 outbreak under control?

Coronavirus Indonesia: Can Jakarta get its raging Covid-19 outbreak under control?

  • The stakes are high for the capital city of 10 million people, which indirectly contributes to about 60 per cent of the country’s economy
  • Experts say Indonesia, which has the highest death toll in Southeast Asia, is still in its first wave of infections despite earlier social-distancing restrictions

Since Indonesia’s capital Jakarta reimposed social-distancing restrictions last Monday, motorcycle ride-hailing driver Yosef has seen his daily income decrease by more than 80 per cent – some days, he only takes home around 50,000 rupiah (US$3.40).

Under the stricter regulations, known locally by the acronym PSBB, most workplaces have to keep the bulk of their employees at home, and while shopping centres can remain open, no dining in is allowed. Residents caught outside without masks will be tasked with social work or receive a fine that starts from 250,000 rupiah.