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Al Jazeera 4 Apr 2020

Thousands of Indonesians journey home, despite virus warnings

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Indonesian authorities are urging millions of citizens not to travel back to their home towns to celebrate next month's Muslim holiday of Eid.
But with so many out of work because of the coronavirus, many are desperate to get out of the capital, despite the risk of taking an infection with them.
Already, thousands have made the journey this week from transport hubs in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Al Jazeera's Jessica Washington has this report.


Defying warnings that the Covid-19 outbreak won't peak until next month, Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro says he wants quarantines to be lifted this week. He has railed against lockdowns and is determined to restart the economy at any costs.
The Indian government is organising trains to transport home hundreds of thousands of workers stranded in cities.
Many have no food after losing their jobs and accommodation.
But the government effort to get workers home is being resisted by business owners who fear they will have no workers once the lockdown is lifted.
Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh state.
Despite travel restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus the German government has begun flying in thousands of seasonal farm workers. Ministers are hoping to recruit some 80,000 vegetable and fruit pickers despite travel restrictions imposed because of the virus. The workers - most from eastern Europe - are supposed to be brought to Germany in controlled groups to prevent possible infections. They will be subjected to health check-ups and work in controlled groups.
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been stranded abroad, awaiting repatriation flights.
The government says citizens who wish to do so will soon be brought back from countries such as the United Arab Emirates.
But the speed in which the government is conducting its coronavirus response has drawn criticism both home and abroad.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.

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