In Indonesia, school bells in some parts of capital Jakarta rang again today after classes closed by the Coronavirus for more than a year. Now, the daily count of new COVID-19 cases are on the decline. A total of 610 schools that have passed the required tests by the Jakarta Education Agency reopened their doors for the first time since the pandemic started, though with many precautions still in place.
The city administration had initially planned to reopen schools in June, but the plan was postponed as another wave of infections triggered by the highly contagious delta variant engulfed the country. Jakarta Vice Governor Ahmad Riza Patria told reporters today that they hope to reopen all schools in January. There are about 5,341 schools in Jakarta, ranging from elementary to high school, according to government data. Schools in several other cities outside Jakarta were also to reopen on today.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has recorded more than four million infections since the pandemic began.
Last month, Indonesia began vaccinating those aged between 12 and 18.