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Indonesia extends coronavirus lockdown through weekend

Restrictions to be eased Monday if infections continue to ebb

People stand in line to receive assistance in Jakarta on July 16.

JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo has extended Indonesia's coronavirus lockdown through the weekend, saying restrictions would be lifted gradually starting Monday if daily cases continue to decline.

Calling the measures a "very tough policy that the government can't avoid," Widodo said in a speech Tuesday broadcast live on YouTube that "we've now seen a downward trend for both new cases and hospital bed occupancy rates."

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