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Indonesia prepares to open economy even as COVID-19 risk lingers

Up to 340,000 security personnel will enforce safety protocols

People observe social distancing at a shopping mall in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, on May 26.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- "The new normal" is the catchphrase among Indonesian government officials seeking an exit from partial lockdowns across the sprawling archipelago.

But with the country still contending with a high number of new daily cases, policymakers are delivering mixed messages to an uneasy public.

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