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Indonesia to impose more targeted restrictions to fight COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: People walk while a traditional large puppet figure known as "Ondel-ondel", wearing a face mask, performs on a sidewalk of the main road, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will impose two weeks of increased coronavirus restrictions in parts of its most populous island of Java from Jan. 11 and in the resort island of Bali, to support hospitals and reduce fatality rates, a minister said on Wednesday.

The chief economic minister, Airlangga Hartarto, said some of the measures include changes to opening hours for malls and limited capacity at restaurants and places of worship.

(This story recasts paragraph 1 to clarify restrictions in Java and Bali)

Reporting by Tabita Diela; Writing by Stanley Widianto; ; Editing by Martin Petty