June 13, 2020, 11.52 PM

A spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force at UNS Hospital, Tonang Dwi Ardyanto assessed that the approach to handling the early cases of Coronavirus in Indonesia lacked seriousness.

It was only until the second month did the government begin to take a staunch approach in managing the global pandemic.

The central government imposed large-scale social distancing restrictions (PSBB) and conducted mass socialization for its Clean and Healthy Lifestyle Habits initiative.

Unfortunately for Indonesia, the lockdown-style approach did not go hand-in-hand with aggressive testing and contact tracing measures.

Unrest over lockdown grew nearing the final days of Eid ul-Fitr, Indonesia’s most important holiday celebration.

Tonang predicts that it will take another month for Indonesia to reach the peak of Coronavirus infections. The prediction only applies if the government can successfully test 30,000 specimens daily.

Read Also: WHO Releases Indonesia Coronavirus Report

“Going forward, it’s hoped that there is more transparency and cooperation between the government and other stakeholders to be more cohesive. Right now, that’s something that is missing,” Tonang commented.

Some Good News

In line with the global trend, confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Indonesia over the past 100 days are mostly those with mild symptoms.


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