June 28, 2021, 06.52 PM
Illustration of the new variant of the corona virus, the Delta Variant from India. Shutterstock/angellodecoIllustration of the new variant of the corona virus, the Delta Variant from India.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Medical Association Slamet Budiarto urged the government to tighten access for foreigners who want to enter Indonesia.

He stressed the need to close borders temporarily or at least extend the quarantine period for all arrivals in the country. 

"Borders must be closed [temporarily] or at least if we don't [close the borders] the quarantine period should be extended from three or five days to 10 days," said Slamet on Sunday, June 27.

Slamet also called for the government to reimpose the partial lockdown or large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). According to him, the implementation of micro-scale community activity restrictions (PPKM) is no longer effective to curb the Covid-19 transmission.

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Slamet went on to say that to prevent an economic collapse following the reimposing of partial lockdown, workers could still go to the offices but only a 25 percent of the total number of employees for a maximum of four hours a day. 

A similar rule can also be applied to the transportation sector by allowing only 25 percent capacity limit for four hours. Besides, the regulations should no longer be based on the category of low-, medium-, and high-risk zone of infections because people continue to move.  

The most important thing to do now is to limit people's movement on a large scale.

"So, the point is to reduce the movement of the people first. Even if people still use  transportation, the number needs to be limited. For example, for health workers, they need  transportation and [those who need to deliver] food supplies," said Slamet.

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