JAKARTA: The Indonesian government has decided to deploy 53,000 personnel for emergency community activity restrictions (known locally as PPKM) to be imposed in Java and Bali from July 3 to 20. A senior police officer gave this information on Friday.

Inspector General Imam Sugianto said the combined force had 21,000 policemen and 32,000 soldiers, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sugianto said the combined force is expected to ensure that the emergency PPKM runs effectively and meets the target.

The Indonesian government decided to impose an emergency PPKM, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise following the entry of the highly contagious delta variant into the country.

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