JAKARTA: It has been more than a decade since Mr Sunarso made the seven-hour journey from Jakarta to his village in Central Java on his motorcycle. He was barely 30 when he last took the 350km trip down Java's Northern Coast Road which leads to his village at the foot of a Central Java volcano, Mount Slamet. But the 44-year-old construction worker is once again bracing himself for a long road trip, so that he can reunite with his wife and his two young sons in his hometown. He does not have a motorcycle now and plans to share a ride with a friend. Mr Sunarso, who like many Indonesians go with one name, said he normally goes back to his village by bus at the start of the fasting month, which kicks off later this month. READ: COVID-19 – Jakarta’s low-wage workers hard hit by layoffs, forced unpaid leave But with Jakarta planning to impose the so-called "large-scale social restrictions" at 12am on Friday (Apr 10), all construction work across the capital would have to cease. Under the restrictions, all non-essential services will be shut while gatherings of more than five people are banned. "I will have no income," Mr Sunarso told CNA. "What is the point of staying? At… Read full this story
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