The president of Indonesia has announced that coronavirus restrictions will be extended until at least July 25, as Covid-19 fatalities and infections continue to shoot up in the Southeast Asian country.

President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that existing restrictions, including the closure of shopping centers and work-from-home mandates, will remain in place until next week due to the high level of infection currently being seen in the country.

While the government aims to begin easing these restrictions from Monday onwards, such a move is dependent on whether infections are decreasing. Earlier this month, when the restrictions were announced, the government indicated it wanted infections at a level of 10,000 cases a day or fewer before easing the curbs. (RT)