Indonesia extends COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days

People line up to receive shots of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine during a mass coronavirus vaccination for public at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 14, 2021. (Photo: AP)

JAKARTA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government has extended its micro-scale restrictions which ended on Monday for another 14 days to June 28 to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a senior minister.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said that offices located in the red zone are only allowed to accommodate a maximum of 25 percent of employees, while the rest should work from home.

The risk of COVID-19 transmission in different parts of the country were tagged by colors of red, orange, yellow and green, in which the red zone refers to an area with a high risk, and the green zone means being free of new cases.

"Offices in the orange or yellow zones are allowed to be occupied by a maximum of 50 percent of employees," added Hartarto, who also heads the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee.

The operation of shopping centers and restaurants is only allowed until 9:00 p.m. local time with a maximum of 50 percent of visitors under strict health protocols.

Schools in the red zone are not allowed to hold offline (face-to-face) learning, and all students should take classes online.

The government also asked people in the red zone to worship at home for the next two weeks.

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 8,189 within one day to 1,919,547, with the death toll adding by 237 to 53,116, the Health Ministry said on Monday.