Indonesia president plans stricter rules on mobility, social distancing


March 30, 2020


Medical officers prepare before administering a test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to a patient at a drive-through testing site in a parking lot at the regional lab in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia March 29, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/ via Reuters


JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday he plans to impose stricter limits on mobility between regions and also to implement a large-scale policy of social distancing to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

“In implementing the policy of large scale social distancing, I ask that a regulation is prepared for clear guidance for provincial level governments,” Widodo said at the opening of a cabinet meeting.

Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said via Twitter Widodo was embarking on “a new stage of war against COVID-19, which is large scale social distancing with health quarantines.”

Reporting by Maikel Jefriando and Fransiska Nangoy; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Toby Chopra

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