President Joko Widodo has requested that local interventions be applied to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. The President also requested that each region carefully prepare measures for the new normal.
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SEMARANG, KOMPAS — President Joko Widodo has requested that local interventions be applied to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. The President also requested that each region carefully prepare measures for the new normal.
"[It’s] local intervention. So, quarantining or isolating a neighborhood unit [RTs], community unit [RWs], kampung is more effective than imposing a quarantine on cities or regencies. Thus, we should use this strategy and expect a decline in the Covid-19 reproduction number or effective reproduction rates," said President Jokowi while giving instructions to regents and mayors throughout Central Java through teleconferences from the Central Java governor\'s office complex in Semarang on Tuesday (30/6/2020).
Regions that still have high R0 (reproduction number) and Rt (effective reproduction rates), the President said, should not rush to reopen. Even if they decide to reopen, they can reopen the priority sectors gradually.
"If data show it is still impossible [to ease lockdowns], do not dare to reopen [your area] and enter a new normal. Do not force it. [You have to] prepare the stages properly. There are preconditions and times for the reopening [of areas]," said the President.
These two things must be overcome simultaneously.
At present, the President continued, there are two problems related to the Covid-19 epidemic, namely those related to health and the economy. These two things must be overcome simultaneously.
Regarding the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the transition period in Jakarta that will end on Thursday (2/7), separately Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he would lead an evaluation meeting today. The meeting will determine whether the PSBB during the transition is extended or not. If it is extended, the Jakarta administration will still focus on the supervision of red zones.
Meanwhile, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said from 35 cities/regencies in Central Java, based on the June 26 data, the regions with the highest Rt in a row were Semarang Municipality (3.69), Kudus (2.74), Jepara (2.17), Magelang Regency (1.64), Grobogan (1.53) and Demak (1.48).
Based on the epidemiology map of the Central Java Provincial Administration, there are currently three areas with high risks (red zone), namely Semarang Municipality, Demak regency and Jepara regency. The remaining regencies or cities are either in moderate risk (orange zone) or low risk (yellow zone).Separately, the government spokesman for Covid-19 affairs Achmad Yurianto said that the community must still be aware of the high Covid-19 transmission in some areas. As of Tuesday at midday (30/6), there were an additional 1,293 confirmed cases of Covid-19. These additions were obtained from the test result of 11,635 people. The highest new cases are in East Java (331 cases), Jakarta (190 cases) and Central Java (153 cases).
Contacted separately, an epidemiologist from the Faculty of Public Health at Semarang-based Diponegoro University, Ari Udijono, said that public awareness of implementing health protocols is still considered weak. There are still many people who do not wear masks and gather in crowds. In fact, the Semarang municipality, for example, has entered into Phase IV of social restrictions. "Information and socialization are very important. There must be exemplary actions at all levels, down to RT/RW level. It is very crucial," he said.
The government, Ari said, also needs to present more detailed epidemiological data for the sake of accuracy.
Only two destinations will be opened for public, namely Tlogo Putri and Jip Wisata (offroad trip).
Kaliurang Tourism Area in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, will be reopened albeit limited on Wednesday (1/7). Only two destinations will be opened for public, namely Tlogo Putri and Jip Wisata (offroad trip). The health protocols will be implemented strictly.
"This is a limited trial. We start to reopen one or two destinations. This is a trial run. I need to say that this [tourist destination] will also be under continuous monitoring," said Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo.
Meanwhile, a number of souvenir shops in West Nusa Tenggara began selling online. This step was taken in response to the decline in sales due to the low number of tourist visit as an impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I do promotional ad on social media, then the buyer will usually put orders," said Akhbar Habibie, the owner of a souvenir shop on Jl Adi Sucipto in Mataram. (DIT/XTI/TAM/NCA/ZAK/ DIV/FAI/DNE/TAN)