Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared a national public health emergency today during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"To overcome the impact of the outbreak, I have decided in a cabinet meeting that the option we chose was a large-scale social restriction," he said during a news conference.
The country's Ministry of Health will coordinate with regional leaders to implement social distancing measures, according to state-run Antara News Agency.
Widodo also announced that all Indonesian citizens who have recently traveled home from abroad will be required to undergo a 14-day period of self-isolation, Antara reported.
"If they exhibit no symptoms (of coronavirus), they can return to their hometowns," he said. "Shortly after arriving in their hometowns, they must maintain high discipline to conduct self-isolation."
Earlier today, Indonesia banned most foreign visitors from entering or transiting through the country.