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Indonesia tightens COVID rules in Java and Bali to fight 2nd wave

Malls, schools, mosques to close; people to telework in shift from economic focus

Gravediggers wearing personal protective equipment bury a COVID-19 victim in Jakarta on June 28.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will introduce tighter social restrictions in its most populous island of Java and tourism hotspot Bali, as the country aims to arrest a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The move follows pleas from the medical community for more stringent measures in a country that the Red Cross called "teeter[ing] on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe," as hospital beds fill up and the vaccination rollout remains slow.

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