JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The government plans to carry out Emergency Enforced Micro-Scale Restriction of Community Activities or PPKM to mitigate Indonesia’s Covid-19 case numbers, which has been surging since the Islamic Eid al-Fitr or Idul Fitri holidays last May.
Speaking at an Indonesian Chamber of Commerce or Kadin annual meeting in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi province, President Joko Widodo admitted that enforcement of Emergency PPKM, which is a more rigorous version of the policy, is inevitable, particularly in Indonesia’s leading population centers.
“The emergency PPKM will particularly focus on Java and Bali, as [both islands] have six provinces containing 44 regencies and cities,” said the President, who is also known as Jokowi.
Our particular focus on these areas are in accordance to guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization [WHO].”
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While President Jokowi has yet to officially announce when the policy will come into force, a number of proposals on the policy have been disclosed to the public.
These included the appointment of Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to oversee the enforcement of Emergency PPKM.
“Luhut suggested a number of moves for Emergency PPKM,” said the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment spokesman Jody Mahardi.
“These include enforcing the policy from July 3 to July 20 to reduce daily case numbers from the current level of more than 20 thousand to less than 10 thousand, online learning instead of face-to-face classes, and all offices to work from home for non-essential sectors.”
However, even fields deemed essential were subject to strictures. “50 percent of employees in financial sectors such as banking and the stock market, information technology and hotels are allowed to work from the office at any one time,” Jody added.