Based on his assessment, no significant surge in Covid-19 cases in Jakarta has been recorded since the previous extension on October 11.
In the past two weeks, Indonesia’s capital city has seen stable figures in the number of new infections in addition to a downtick in the number of hospital bed occupancy rates.
Anies said the partial lockdown can be revoked should there be another uptick in new infections hitting the city.
2. Fear in Freedom of Expression among Indonesians
A survey conducted by the Indonesian Political Indicator (IPI) revealed the growing concerns of Indonesian citizens in expressing their opinions.
According to IPI’s Executive Director, as many as 21.9 percent of survey respondents agree that Indonesian citizens are increasingly fearful of sharing their thoughts while another 47.7 percent somewhat agree.
The overall takeaway from IPI’s survey is that the majority of the Indonesian public tend to agree or strongly agree that they are becoming increasingly worried about exercising the freedom of expression.
Burhanuddin explains that the survey ought to be alarming to the Indonesian government when its citizens find fear in voicing their thoughts particularly in the context of democracy.
The IPI survey was conducted via telephone September 24-30 with 1,200 respondents across Indonesia.