Today alone, Indonesia recorded over 7,500 new Covid-19 cases. Jakarta Vice-Governor, Ahmad Riza Patria asked for followers of the Christian faith to pray that the city be free of the novel virus.
“Let us celebrate Christmas and New Year’s and extend a prayer to the Almighty God to have Jakarta and our beloved country be free of the Covid-19 virus.”
Riza also reminded the public to adhere to health protocols this year-end holiday throughout any activities that they decide to undertake.
Abiding by the rules seeks to prevent any virus transmission amid an epidemic that has continuously been on the up.
2. Passengers Flock Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Indonesia’s main airport, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport was busy as passenger and flight traffic skyrocketed with holiday-goers who sought to travel.
Senior Manager of Branch Communication and Legal of Angkasa Pura II, Haerul Anwar stated that the company recorded nearly 900 domestic flights for travelers heading back to their hometowns between Dec. 23-24.
The rise in the number of passengers taking to the skies and traveling around this year-end holiday indicates how the government’s advice has fallen on deaf ears.
The Indonesian government cautioned the public to avoid any travel as historically, Covid-19 cases surged after a long-holiday though such warnings have clearly been ignored.