April 21, 2020 / 4:23 AM / a month ago

Indonesia bans Ramadan mass exodus tradition to curb coronavirus spread

JAKARTA, April 21 (Reuters) - Indonesia will ban the mass exodus tradition, locally known as ‘mudik,’ at the end of the Muslim fasting month in May in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country, President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.

“I have taken the decision that we will ban mudik,” Widodo told a cabinet meeting. “That is why the relevant preparation needs to be done.”

Widodo cited a transport ministry survey that said 24% of Indonesians were insisting on joining the exodus after Ramadan in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. (Reporting by Maikel Jefriando Writing by Stanley Widianto Editing by Ed Davies)

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