Indonesia bans Ramadan exodus over virus fears

Indonesia is aiming to vaccinate more than 181 million of its nearly 270 million people within a year. – EPA pic, March 26, 2021.

MUSLIM-majority Indonesia today banned an annual exodus that sees millions travel across the vast nation to mark the end of Ramadan over fears of a surge in Covid-19 infections.

Travellers pack into airports, train stations and ports across the nearly 5,000km-long archipelago in a mass migration, known as Mudik, that is similar to China’s lunar new year holiday or Christmas.

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