Indonesia’s coronavirus fatalities are highest in Southeast Asia. So, why is Jokowi rushing to get back to business?


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Indonesia is still struggling to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Its fatalities are the worst in Southeast Asia, but so far the most dire predictions have not come true. And yet, the government appears even less focused on controlling the disease and more on reopening the country for business, including allowing tourists back to Bali. (There’s now talk of a travel bubble including Australia.) The government is clearly concerned the struggling economy could lead to more criticism of its handling of the crisis - and perhaps social unrest. As of this week, Indonesia officially has more than 128,000 confirmed cases of...