COVID-19 [Corona Virus]
As of May 20, 2020, there have been 19,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, including 1,242 deaths and 4,575 recovered cases.
We will be keeping this page up to date with relevant COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates as they pertain to Indonesia, especially the three provinces where the land of Sunda lays [DKI Jakarta, Banten and West Java].
Due to the widely spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the government has imposed a PSBB [Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar = Large-Scale Social Restrictions] on several areas that are heavily impacted by COVID-19 in Indonesia. Essentially, this policy is about social and physical distancing in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
During PSBB these conditions apply:
- Everyone must wear mask when going outside, at the very least s/he must wear a reusable cloth mask.
- Schools are closed. Students study at home via online school.
- Offices are closed. People should work from home, exceptions are listed below.
- Places of worship are closed. Some of them offer it through online channels.
- Public places such as parks, shopping malls, stadium, and museums are closed.
- Public gatherings are prohibited.
- People are required to stay at home, unless for buying necessities such as groceries and medicines.
- Public transportations such as buses, trains, and MRT can only be filled with 50% capacity.
- Personal cars can only be filled with one driver, two passengers in the back seat, and the third passengers in the third row [if the car has a third row].
- No passenger is allowed on a motorcycle.
PSBB is not directly applied to all of areas in Indonesia. Each city must do self-assessment. Depending on the readiness and COVID-19 level in that city, it requested PSBB to Health Ministry.
Cities where PSBB applied:
Jakarta as the most populous city in Indonesia inevitably has the highest level of confirmed cases of COVID-19. It becomes the first city that applied PSBB. As of today it has been extended until June 4, 2020. It can be continuously extended until Jakarta is cleared of COVID-19.
PSBB is also approved for these areas:
- The PSBB in City of South Tangerang, city and district of Tangerang will last until May 31, 2020.
- PSBB in West Java province will last until May 29, 2020. It automatically includes cities and districts in West Java [Bogor, Bekasi, Depok, Bandung, Cimahi, district of West Bandung and district of Sumedang] where PSBB already implemented since mid-April.
Businesses that still open during PSBB:
- Health related business, e.g. drug stores, hospitals, clinics.
- Supermarkets, shops and traditional markets selling groceries.
- Banks, but they are not running in full capacity, some of smaller branches are closed. People are encouraged to use ATM, mobile banking, and internet banking.
- Electricity company [PLN] and gas stations.
- Communication related business, e.g. phone companies, tv stations, internet services.
- Logistic businesses, including app based delivery [e.g. Go-Jek and Grab].
What to do during PSBB:
- People are strongly encouraged to stay at home and avoid any crowds.
- When you buy groceries, opt for online shopping that includes delivery. Supermarkets such as Transmart Carrefour and Yogya have hotline numbers and websites for online order and they offer free delivery for a minimum purchase.
- Restaurants are not allowed to accept dine-in customers, but you can order take-away meals and deliver them via app based, i.e. Go-Food and Grab-Food.
- Donate sembako [Sembilan Bahan Pokok = nine staple food] to assist others who have very little food at their homes. There are many organizations who organize this charity, for example TV stations [look at their news ticker] and BAKKAT.org, which is organized by Jakarta catholic church.
President Jokowi bans Idul Fitri mudik
It is an annual tradition for millions of Indonesians to travel during the fasting month of Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday, which is popularly called as mudik. This year Ramadan starts on April 24 and Idul Fitri will be celebrated on May 25, 2020.
In order to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, President Jokowi decided to ban mudik starting April 24, 2020 until early June. The impacts are:
- All commercial airplanes [domestic and international] do not operate [April 24 - June 1, 2020]
- Inter-provincial and inter-city buses are not allowed to operate from April 24 to June 1, 2020.
- Passenger cars are not allowed to leave or enter Greater Jakarta area. Officers also guarded the entry points of other PSBB areas such as Bandung.
- KAI trains and PELNI ships are temporarily grounded, until June 15 and June 8, respectively.
The exception only applies to vehicles that carry food, fuel and medical logistics.