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Indonesia's COVID divide: Cases fall in Jakarta, surge in regions

Overall picture improves but concerns grow over reopening of schools

People walk past a mural near a train station in Jakarta on Tuesday.   © EPA/Jiji

JAKARTA -- It's a tale of two countries when it comes to Indonesia's COVID-19 situation.

The capital, Jakarta, is set to remove restrictions over the coming weeks as cases continue to decline and half of its residents are fully vaccinated. But concerns remain across the rest of the sprawling archipelago, especially in remote regions where infections are surging and vaccines are scarce.

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