Indonesian president eases Covid-19 restrictions

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that the government will modify Covid-19 restrictions for the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, involving those for shopping malls and industries, in response to a decreased infection rate in more regions.

More areas of highly populated Java island have been removed from the most severe Level 4 category, according to President Jokowi, who noted that hospital bed occupancy rates in those places had decreased over the past week.

According to senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan, restaurants and non-essential sectors will have their restrictions lifted, while the government expands the use of a smartphone application for tracking.

Retailers would be allowed to serve up to 50% more dine-in customers than presently allowed, and malls may remain open until 9 p.m., an hour later than already allowed.

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