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Jakarta residents face jail for breaking social distancing rules

Bike taxis banned and mask wearing now mandatory, governor says

Benches at a station in Jakarta have been marked off to encourage social distancing.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Jakarta will impose stiff penalties on those breaking its large-scale social restrictions, including prison sentences, as authorities scramble to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country's capital.

Jakarta had already been under general social distancing guidelines, and while many schools, offices and shopping malls had closed to comply, the effort was voluntary without repercussions for violators. But as the capital has become the epicenter of the country's outbreak, authorities are clamping down.

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