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Indonesia capital to reimpose wide-scale social restrictions: governor

Workers wearing protective suits bury a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victim at Pondok Ranggon cemetery complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 8, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja/ via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s capital will reinstate wide-scale social restrictions as novel coronavirus cases and deaths increase and as hospitals fill up, Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.

Jakarta will introduce the restrictions again “as soon as possible”, Anies told a virtual press briefing, adding that beds in intensive care units will be full as soon as Sept. 15 even if 20% more beds are added.

The social restrictions will be introduced in stages, and starting on Sept. 14 non-essential work must be done from home.

Reporting by Fathin Ungku and Stanley Widianto; Editing by Hugh Lawson