Asia Today: Indonesian capital partly reopens after lockdown

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Vehicles are caught in a congestion as the flow of traffic of the capital significantly increases during a rush hour in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 8, 2020. Indonesias capital of Jakarta, the city hardest hit by the new coronavirus, has partly reopened after two months of partial lockdown as the worlds fourth most populous nation braces to gradually reopen its economy. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

WELLINGTON – JAKARTA, IndonesiaRestrictions in Indonesia’s capital were partly relaxed on Monday after two months of lockdown, as the world’s fourth most populous nation gradually reopens its economy.

Jakarta, home to 11 million people, had been under large-scale social restrictions since April 10.

Offices, restaurants and grocery stores reopened with only 50% of their employees and customers. Public transportation also resumed.

On Friday, mosques and all other worship facilities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country were allowed to reopen at half capacity and with social-distancing requirements in place.

Schools remain closed during this month’s transition to a “new normal,” while some shopping centers, zoos and beaches will reopen next week.

Images on social media showed long lines of travelers at railway stations waiting to board trains back to Jakarta, with many ignoring distancing rules.

Jakarta has recorded more than 8,000 cases of the coronavirus, including 529 deaths. Nationwide, there have been 31,186 confirmed infections and 1,851 fatalities.

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