President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a limited meeting (27/5) issued directives on handling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including tight screening on people who return to capital Jakarta from mudik (annual exodus during Eid Al-fitr) trip and focusing on provinces with high number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the President, controlling the return of people who visited their hometown during Eid to Jakarta is extremely important to curb virus transmission that may cause the second wave pandemic, particularly in Greater Jakarta areas.
As the capital has flattened the curve, the Government should maintain the condition, he added.
The President also ordered the COVID-19 Handling Task Force and related ministries to focus on provinces that report high new cases of coronavirus.
“Do pay extra attention to Java Island, especially in East Java province in terms of the availability of designated and emergency hospitals,” President Jokowi said, adding that the sample testing and massive tracing are also pivotal to control the virus transmission.
Meanwhile, other provinces outside Java Island whose cases remain quite high such as the provinces of South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, South Sumatra, Papua, and West Nusa Tenggara should also be given extra attention, the President added.
The Head of State also reminded that the target of 10,000 specimens per day for massive testing has to be materialized immediately. (setkab)