December 3, 2020, 07.04 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Covid-19 situation in Indonesia is not looking good especially for Jakarta, prompting serious advice from the medical community.

Covid-19 cases in the capital city continue its upward trend with 1,166 newly-infected people recorded today, December 3.

Indonesia’s capital city has a total caseload of 139,085 including 2,710 Covid-19 deaths.

Chairman of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) Slamet Budiarto said that the city’s medical workers are doing all they can to fight off the novel virus, but ultimately left it up to government officials and members of society to respect health protocols to mitigate the virus.

Read also: Indonesia Could Face the Worst of Its Covid-19 Battle in 2021

“The solution comes back to the people. Do not go out to eat at a restaurant in groups as it is a source of virus transmission. Each time you open your face mask, that too becomes a transmission source.”

“To government officials, do not take off your face masks during meetings even if you have to speak via a microphone.”

The worrying picture of Covid-19 in Indonesia is evidenced by how quickly Covid-19 referral hospitals are filling up in the capital city.

“The city’s referral hospitals are completely full [of Covid-19 patients]. If this prolongs then our medical workers will be fatigued,” said Slamet.

Read also: Covid-19 Claims Lives of 282 Indonesian Medical Workers

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