He gave the East Java Province officials two weeks to lower the transmission rate of the coronavirus. To achieve that, the head of state called on all relevant parties in East Java to work closely with the task force teams from the provincial to village level in handling the Covid-19 crisis.
“In the next two weeks we must seriously handle this together and all of the units must be integrated,” the president said.
He called on the relevant officials to take necessary actions in handling the case as Surabaya and its vicinity have recorded the highest spike.
“Surabaya can’t [be] alone, it can’t. Gresik must be under one management, Sidoarjo must be under one management, and also other cities and regencies because the flow of mobility, inbound and outbound, not only takes place in Surabaya,” he said.
During his visit, President Jokowi was informed that 70 percent of residents in East Java refuse to wear masks in public amid the pandemic.
“The figure is too high,” he said.
He said that the local administrations and the task force should raise public awareness about the danger of coronavirus and the importance of health protocols such as wearing mask, practicing physical distancing, and washing of hands with soap.
“I called on the religious leaders, community leaders to help raise awareness of health protocols,” he said.
Besides, he told the Ministry of Health and the National Covid-19 Task Force to provide masks for the people in East Java.