Thousands of Indonesians journey home, despite virus warnings

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim and usually return to their home villages at the end of Ramadan to celebrate Eid with their families.

Indonesian authorities are urging millions of citizens not to travel back to their hometowns to celebrate next month’s Muslim festival of Eid.

But with so many out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, 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.