President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted that a new normal can solely be applied in regions with reportedly low cases of COVID-19 transmission backed by scientific data.
"We must not attempt to apply a new normal while it is in fact not possible based on the (COVID-19 cases) data. Do not force it. Hence, the stages must be prepared," President Jokowi remarked during his working visit to the COVID-19 Handling Command Post in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday.
Jokowi highlighted the significance of each regional head and Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 to hold scientific data.
Regional heads and the COVID-19 Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling must always involve practitioners, such as epidemiologists, scientists, and medical personnel, in the decision-making process, he noted.
"Do not ever open up to the new 'new normal' order without going through the appropriate steps. Every time we make a policy, please use scientific data," he remarked.
Prior to transitioning to the new normal, the local government must disseminate information to the public on the significance of adhering to health protocols.
Thereafter, regional heads and the local Task Force must decide on the right time to transition to the new normal era.
"Lest we dare to embark on the new normal while R-t is still high, above 1, and R-naught is still high. Be careful. Do not formulate policies that are not backed by clear scientific data," he noted. (ANTARA)