“Staying at home for three months would have been useless. I feel sorry for the healthcare workers [who have worked tirelessly],” she said.
Another Jakartan known as Harri, 25, shared a similar sentiment. He said that for almost three months he has been following the rules but he gets annoyed by some selfish people who evaded the PSBB.
But, he said that he will remain patient to follow the rules until the PSBB is revoked. “If so [PSBB will end], the government should impose stricter rules for the next two weeks,” Harri said.
Besides, they both also hoped that the local administration will maximize their efforts in distributing social assistances to low-income people in Jakarta as COVID-19 has a huge impact not only on people’s health but also on their economy.
Meanwhile, in Tangerang on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, in two days alone this month more than 2,000 people have flouted the rules. Of these, over 1,700 people were forced to take rapid tests.
“The tests taken by some evaders show reactive results,” said Tangerang Regent Arief Wismansyah, referring to the 21 people whose results were reactive.
Apart from the rapid test, about 351 violators were sanctioned with community service such as cleaning the public areas and sweep the streets.
Arief said the relevant authorities will continue to monitor the public space and take necessary actions if violations occur, with the hope that people will realize the importance of maintaining their health by following the rules.
An official data recorded as of today 303 people in Tangerang have tested positive COVID-19, 26 people have died, 127 have been recovered, and 150 people are still being treated.
Elsewhere, in Dumai, Sumatra Province, street vendors and residents rejected the PSBB implementation on its first day on Monday. The incident, which went viral on social media, took place in the evening when hundreds of people gathered in a market on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman.