Indonesia’s capital delayed a plan to further relax social distancing measures after easing of some curbs last month sparked a resurgence in coronavirus infections.
The city, which has already allowed offices, places of worship, restaurants and shopping malls to reopen with some limits, will extend a so-called transition phase until Aug. 13, Governor Anies Baswedan said at an online briefing in Jakarta Thursday. Offices, which have become a new source of infections, should operate at 50% of their capacity, he said.
Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people, has reemerged as the epicenter of infections in Indonesia where the disease has killed more than 5,000 people and infected about 106,000, official data show. With the virus outbreak showing no signs of easing, a nascent recovery in Southeast Asia’s largest economy may be derailed and hurt companies looking to restore operations to pre-pandemic levels.