The WHO also laid out a number of ‘non-negotiable’ precautions for the the New Normal phase, namely:
• Active surveillance and case detection with PCR tests of all suspected cases. At least 1 PCR test per 1000 population perweek in transmission areas, and their results made available within 24 – 48 hours
• Rapid isolation of all suspected and confirmed cases
• Ensure that people frequently clean hands; wear masks in public and work places; and maintain physical distancing of at least 1 meter from others
Other measures included the continued use of masks by people over the age of 60 or underlying conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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The WHO also praised President Joko Widodo for more aggressive contact tracing. The president has set a target 20.000 polymerase chain reaction or PCR tests per day.
Currently, the price for a PCR test at private hospitals varies from Rp. 2 million (US$ 142) to Rp. 2.5 million (US$ 178).
To date, 5.825 people have undergone PCR tests out of a total of 287.478 that were tested for the coronavirus. Jakarta has undergone the brunt of coronavirus cases, with 8.748 people out of 36.406 nationwide.
564 of them died of Covid-19, while another 3.840 recovered from the disease. (Writers: Jawahir Gustav Rizal/Nur Fitriatus Shalihah/ Editors: Rizal Setyo Nugroho)
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