July 13, 2020, 07.45 PM

“The rise of Jakarta’s Covid-19 cases is due to the public’s lack of compliance with the 3M guidelines,” said Pandu on July 13.

Pandu is not opposed to the loosening of social restriction measures during Jakarta’s new normal transition.

However, the key to mitigating the spread of the Covid-19 novel virus is public compliance and regular Covid-19 testing through swab or PCR tests.

Read also: Indonesia Starts Domestic Production of PCR Test Kits

Pandu also suggested that the Jakarta provincial government continue conducting contact tracing of confirmed Covid-19 patients.

In doing so, the provincial government will be aware of how many residents have been infected by the virus.

“To control the Covid-19 virus, there needs to be a combination of surveillance and public behavioral change. The problem is in the public behavior, and that must be given more focus on,” said Pandu.

The recent uptick in Jakarta’s Covid-19 cases has caused the attention of Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Jokowi said that he received a report that the Covid-19 positive rate in Jakarta went up from 4-5 percent to 10.5 percent.

Read also: Covid-19: Jokowi Displeasure at Non-Performing Ministers May Lead to Cabinet Reshuffle

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