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Indonesia to tighten COVID restrictions in Bali and Jakarta

Coronavirus's fast spread forces workers home and restaurants to limit diners

Gede Darma Putra, a 43-years-old dive master who lost his job in Bali. Indonesia will prioritize its working-age population when it begins its vaccination program on Jan. 13.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will impose two weeks of tighter social restrictions in the holiday destination of Bali and parts of Java, including the capital Jakarta, as the government scrambles to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief economic minister Airlangga Hartarto announced the additional measures on Wednesday, saying the decision was made to help reduce the burden on hospitals and lower the number of fatalities. "The government sees a number of things that need to be done in order to limit transmissions," he said.

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