Indonesia, Thailand easing COVID restrictions

Indonesia and Thailand are partially easing coronavirus restrictions, mostly for vaccinated people, although the spread of infections has not improved significantly.

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and some other areas, employees of the manufacturing industry have been allowed to go to work from Tuesday if they have been vaccinated.

Schools in some parts of Jakarta reopened in-person classes this week for the first time since April last year. Students aged 12 or older and teachers are required to have been inoculated before attending the classes.

In the Thai capital of Bangkok, operations of some commercial businesses, including indoor dining at restaurants, are resuming with limits on Wednesday.
Employees at shopping malls in the capital's central part are required to have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to work. The government aims to require full vaccination as soon as possible. Currently, only 11 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

A health official stressed the need to continue to pay close attention to the level of infections, which can fluctuate.

Indonesia confirmed 10,534 new cases and 532 deaths on Tuesday, while Thailand reported 14,666 new infections and 190 deaths.