Jakarta returns to full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Monday as the central government plans broader Java-Bali restrictions amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. The decision to implement a new PSBB phase until Jan. 25 was announced on Saturday by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who cited the city’s rising number of COVID-19 cases, describing the situation as worrying. He said the restrictions were aimed at preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and staff from stretching thin. “Our active cases hit its highest point — 17,383 people [on Thursday]. These active cases are people who tested positive for COVID-19 and have yet to recover; they are undergoing treatment at health facilities or self-isolation,” Anies said in a press statement on Saturday. He blamed the two consecutive long weekends during the Christm…
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