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Indonesia lifts all Covid curbs on public activities

Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday announced the ending of all restrictions on public activities previously introduced in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been under control in the past few months and as of December 27 [Tuesday], 1.7 cases per 1 million citizens registered daily,” Widodo said during a live stream, broadcast by his office, adding that the authorities decided to lift all restrictions on public activities, as reported by Sputnik news agency.

However, Widodo called on people to remain careful and alert as “the pandemic has not ended completely.” He told a news conference at the presidential palace in the capital, Jakarta, that the use of masks in crowds and closed spaces should continue, though it wouldn’t be required.

Indonesia confirmed 552 daily cases and 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday.

It declared COVID-19 a national disaster on April 13, 2020 and introduced a number of social restrictions, including mandatory quarantine for arrivals from abroad. In total, over 6.7 million people have been tested positive for coronavirus in Indonesia and 160,583 have died.

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