Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says the government has decided to ban New Year’s Eve celebrations and other events involving large crowds starting from Dec. 18. (Photo courtesy of Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investments Ministry)
The Indonesian government has banned New Year Eve’s celebrations and other events involving large crowds over the next three weeks to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases.The ban will take effect on Dec. 18 and will last until Jan. 8, according to Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating maritime affairs and investments minister.He told several provincial governors during a virtual meeting on Dec. 14 that the move was to avoid a repetition of a long weekend at the end of October during and after which there was a sharp rise in the number of cases.“The number of Covid-19 cases and deaths has continued to increase since the extended break. Before this, there was a relatively downward trend,” he said.As of Dec. 15, Indonesia had recorded 629,429 Covid-19 cases and 18,956 deaths. Of this number, Jakarta province alone had recorded 155,122 cases and 2,972 fatalities.