Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo
Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo

As homelessness rises, Indonesia debates how to ease coronavirus restrictions and restart economy

  • More Indonesians are losing their jobs and sleeping rough – even middle-class workers – as businesses struggle to survive and fears of social unrest grow
  • An academic has urged the government to lift restrictions in phases, warning of a second wave of infections and no return to life before Covid-19 just yet

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo
Homeless Indonesians gather in Kampung Melayu in Jakarta. At least 2.8 million Indonesians have been laid off and 70 million informal workers are at risk, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sigit Widodo
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