JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Covid-19 numbers has totaled over two million people, after the country set a new record for cases over the past 24 hours with 14,536.
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have blocked off 10 roads near known nightlife spots from 9 am to 4 am, in a bid to control Covid-19 transmission by limiting the comings and goings of the public.
Indonesia’s Covid-19 Cases Surge Past the 2 Million Mark
Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force noted that the number of cases stands at 2,004,445 people over a 24-hour period to Monday, June 21.
“The daily number of cases reached 14,536, which is the highest to be detected over a 24 hour period since President Joko Widodo confirmed the first [Covid-19] case on March 2, 2020 ,” the Task Force said. The daily case number broke the previous number of 14,518 on January 30.
“294 people died [of Covid-19], bringing the number of fatalities up to 54,956, while active cases stands at 147,728. The number of Covid-19 patients who recovered stands at 1,801,7761.”
On his part, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo vowed to step up Micro-Scale Restriction of Community Activities [PPKM], and mass vaccinations.
“We have vaccinated an average of 716 thousand people on a daily basis. We are targeting one million vaccinations against Covid-19 to reach herd immunity against the pandemic.”
He reminded the country that the best defense against Covid-19 is still compliance with health protocols, such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
The Task Force confirmed that Covid-19 has been detected in 99 percent of Indonesia.
Jakarta Metropolitan Police to Seal Off 10 Thoroughfares
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police will seal off 10 roads in the capital, as the number of Covid-19 cases stood at 5,582 last Sunday, up from 4,895 the day before.
Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Grand Police Commissioner Yusri Yunus said the policy will come into effect on Monday evening, June 21. He did not say when it will end.
“We will block off the roads for seven hours from 9 pm to 4 am to limit individual mobility,” he said.
Yusri added that the locales, which included hangout spots like Cikini and Sabang in Central Jakarta, as well as Kemang and Bulungan in the southern part of the capital, are known for their vibrancy.
"These have more than their fair share of hip restaurants and cafes, which will draw people seeking a place to hang out,” he said.
Jakarta Metropolitan Police Traffic Director Grand Police Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo said a number of vehicles will still be exempted.
“Online motor taxi drivers, local residents or those staying at hotels in the area are exempt. But most of the exemptions will apply to the authorities, such as ambulances, the fire brigade, and police or military personnel.
Indonesian Navy Aviation Activates Anti-Submarine and UAV Squadrons
The Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) is taking strides to improve its aerial capabilities with the formation of two new squadrons for anti-submarine patrols, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), respectively.
"The Indonesian Navy has decided to bolster its capabilities in unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as fixed wing and rotary aircraft,” said Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono in a written statement Monday.
Yudo unveiled the 100th Anti-Submarine Air Squadron and the 700th Unmanned Aerial Squadron during the 65th anniversary of the Indonesian Navy’s Naval Aviation Corps in Surabaya, East Java.
“We hope [the new units] will enable [the Indonesian Navy] to keep up with the rapidly changing defense technologies of the 21st century. We are prompted to use unmanned vehicles, automated systems and artificial intelligence due to quantum techonology and the 4.0 industrial revolution.”
The Indonesian Navy has improved its defense capabilities, following the loss of the submarine KRI Nanggala-402 off Bali last April and its 53-man crew last April. These include the acquisition of eight frigates from Italian naval shipbuilder Fincantieri earlier this month.
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