📷 Let's Bike: A newfound hobby in Jakarta during COVID-19 Pandemic, taken at Bundaran Hotel Indonesia with the iconic 'Welcome to Indonesia Statue" at Central Jakarta

COVID-19 Recovery in Southeast Asia: Jakarta, Oh Jakarta!

A Photo Essay by William Kalengkongan

COVID-19 Recovery in Southeast Asia: Jakarta, Oh Jakarta!

A photo essay from the Indonesian capital. People cope with the COVID-19 pandemic through a newfound hobby: riding bikes. One sees countless cycling-related photos and stories, which are widely circulated in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by the social media-savvy Indonesians. The photos show people’s daily commutes and activities, such as family time by the beach or going to markets or shopping malls, while trying their best to practice and to follow safe physical distancing, wearing mask and washing hands.

Bear in mind, as the most-populated Southeast Asian nation with 270 million people, Indonesia has the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates in the region. Indonesia has seen more than 1,800,000 total cases and more than 50,000 total deaths as of 1 June 2021.

The national vaccination campaign has started on 13 January 2021 with President Joko Widodo as the first recipient with locally made Sinovac by the Indonesian company Bio Farma. Workers are still going to the factories albeit with strict safety measures as they could not afford the luxury of 'working from home'.

The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is a long way to go but like riding a bicycle, to keep the balance, we need to keep moving.

📷 Two cyclists passing Jalan Sudirman, a major road in Central Jakarta with the statue of General Sudirman saluting at the background
📷 Cyclists passing Central Jakarta, a nose is seen peeking out of the mask
📷 A billboard in Central Jakarta showing support to President Jokowi. His popularity stands out despite COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia
📷 Let us wear mask!!! A billboard in Cikampek toll road on the way to Bogor with the President himself urging people to wear face mask
📷 Exercise on a weekend at Central Jakarta
📷 Security officers wearing face masks
📷 Commuters taking metro at MRT Station Dukuh Atas BNI
📷 Transjakarta Busway as a mode of public transportation
📷 Commuters leaving Sudirman Train Station to work at the Sudirman Central Business District
📷 Provincial Police / SATPOL-PP watching people in obeying physical distancing and face mask measures
📷 A man washing his hands on the street with instruction how to wash hands properly

Going Places

📷 ATTENTION! Sellers and Customers must follow 3M health protocols: Wear mask, Wash hands, and Keep distance at Rawamangun Market, East Jakarta
📷 Recreation for families at a beach in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta
📷 Families with children taking a break on a weekend, North Jakarta
📷 How to make the crowd not too crowded at Rawamangun Market, East Jakarta
📷 A Food Court in Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall, Central Jakarta
📷 Stack of escalators with yellow signs for physical distancing. Shopping malls are the place-to-go for Jakartans amid the pandemic

Vaccine Rollout

📷 A woman receives her vaccine shot in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Elderly (above 60 years old) and teachers are part of this vaccination round
📷 A teacher wearing Batik shirt, receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine
📷 Empty COVID-19 vaccine vials in a box
📷 Dr. Wiwik Awinawati, the medical doctor in charge of the vaccination site in St. Yakobus School, North Jakarta showing the expiration date of the vaccine
📷 Filling the shot into injection syringe
📷 Registering to get the jab
📷 State-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has been producing Covid-19 vaccine under license from China’s Sinovac Biotech since early this year, aiming for 154 million doses before the end of the year
📷 Look at the cam: A group photo after hundreds of vaccine doses have been administered on that day

WFW: Work From Work

When work from home is not an option

📷 Temperature check for factory worker
📷 Wash your hands
📷 Women workers packing watercolor pencils in a factory in a suburb of Jakarta. Jakarta has never called for a total lockdown, but large-scale social restriction (PSBB) was put in place
📷 Factory workers doing their routines with strict COVID-19 Safety measures
📷 Let's call it a day: Sanitizing the factory site

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