Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, declared a state of emergency to combat the covid-19 disease epidemic, announced today the governor of the metropolis of more than 10 million inhabitants, Anies Baswedan.
"Today, the situation facing Jakarta is very different compared to a week or two ago. The number of people who died is quite high and we are all very sorry," Baswedan said at a press conference in which he announced the state of emergency, which will be in force for 14 days.
As part of the state of emergency measures, public entertainment establishments will be closed from Monday, public transport will be limited and companies will be asked to allow their employees to work from home.
In addition, the governor had already announced a few hours before Christian masses and Muslim prayers on Friday would be suspended to try to contain the new coronavirus.
To date, 369 cases of the covid-19 disease have been detected in Indonesia, 215 of them in the capital, with a total of 32 deaths.
The apparently small number of infected people in the country, of 264 million inhabitants, is due to the low number of tests carried out, around 450 until March 6.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the pandemic of Covid-19, infected more than 250,000 people worldwide, of which more than 10,400 died.
Of the infected people, more than 89,000 have recovered from the disease.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak has now spread to 182 countries and territories, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.