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Indonesia lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions

Reuters
Indonesia lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions

Believers attend the Christmas mass at Jakarta Cathedral, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 24, 2022.

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Before the announcement, authorities still required mask-wearing indoors and the use of a COVID-19 tracker app when entering most public spaces

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia on Friday, December 30, removed all remaining measures to control the spread of COVID-19 effective immediately, since most of the country’s population already has antibodies against the disease, President Joko Widodo said.

“There will be no more restrictions on gatherings and movements,” the president told a news conference, noting that the decision was taken based on the latest infection figures.

Before the announcement, most mobility restrictions had already been removed for recipients of at least one booster vaccine shot, but authorities still required masks to be worn indoors and use of a COVID tracker app when entering most public spaces.

Jokowi, as the president is known, urged Indonesians to remain vigilant against the virus, including continuing to wear a mask indoors and when in a crowd.

At one point Indonesia had Asia’s highest rate of infections, but daily cases have fallen to below 1,000 most days in the past week, with hospitalizations and deaths relatively low.

The world’s fourth-most populous country has recorded more than 6.7 million cases overall, with 160,583 fatalities.

Nearly 75% of Indonesians over the age of 6, or 174.7 million people, have received two vaccine shots and about 68.5 million have had at least one booster injection, according to health ministry data. – Rappler.com

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