KOMPAS.com – The World Health Organization (WHO) continued to work closely with Indonesia in the country’s fight against the coronavirus, following the publication of its Indonesia Situation report Friday.
The WHO urged the Health Ministry to reassess its operational responses to the pandemic before loosening conditions for Large Scale Social Distancing.
Concerns over statistic discrepancies
The organization particularly conveyed concerns about discrepancies in statistical figures.
“The number of cases reported daily is not equivalent to the number of persons who contracted COVID-19 on that day; reporting of laboratory-confirmed results may take up to one week from the time of testing” said the 21 page report.
The WHO also noted the high positivity rate in a number of provinces, even those that noted decreasing coronavirus cases. East Java has led the way with 30.9 percent positivity rate, followed by Central Java at 11.1 percent and DKI Jakarta with 8.5 percent.
Preparing for the New Normal
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The WHO backed the Indonesian government in implementing the New Normal policy, which includes the reopening of offices, businesses, hospitals and houses of worship as well as other establishments at half capacity. However, this step will be scrutinized closely.
“An ‘emergency brake policy’ will be in place to stop the reopening if implementation of health protocols fails and cases resurge” the WHO report said.