But while curbs could be eased in Jakarta, President Joko Widodo signalled on Saturday that a surge in cases in parts of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua may require tighter measures.
“When cases are huge, people’s mobility needs to be stemmed,” he said.
The spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India, has put regions with weaker healthcare systems under considerable strain.
The occupancy of intensive care beds in Gorontalo, on Sulawesi island, has surpassed 90 per cent, while the level in three regions on Sumatra island was above 80 per cent, according to health ministry data released on Sunday.
Meanwhile in East Kalimantan on Borneo island, the number of infections has soared from 922 cases in the second week of June to 12,127 in the first week of August, said Padilah Mante Runa, head of its health agency.
In West Sumatra, Defriman Djafri, an epidemiologist at Andalas University in Padang, said despite the second-highest level of restrictions the area had seen one of its deadliest COVID-19 months, blaming “a plague of disinformation and hoaxes” about the coronavirus for making the situation worse.