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Indonesia bans holiday exodus from Jakarta as Ramadan begins

Domestic and international air, sea and rail travel prohibited through May

Muslims pray at a mosque in Indonesia's Aceh Province on Thursday without taking social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Every year, Kastari and his family leave Jakarta for their hometown Brebes, a town in central Java, for Idul Fitri, an Islamic holiday at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

This year, however, things are different for Kastari as he marks the start of Ramadan on Friday.

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