The government has extended the partial lockdown in Bali and Java until at least March 8. The partial lockdown limits community activity and business operating hours in efforts to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN) Airlangga Hartarto.
“The time extension has been decided for the next two weeks, from February 23 to March 8, 2021,” Airlangga said in an online press conference, Saturday (20/2).
He noted that the implementation of the partial lockdown has seen improvements over the past five weeks, and therefore must be extended to maintain results.
“According to the data from officials of seven provinces, this program has been effectively reducing virus transmission,” Hartanto added.
As the current Indonesian Minister of Home Affairs, Hartarto also urged all governors in each province to immediately carry out this instruction.
Hartanto reminds officials to strengthen operations in supervising Testing, Tracing and Treatment (3T) in their areas to update the central government on the latest data regarding the COVID-19 transmission.
“I urge officials to cooperate with COVID-19 Handling Task Force of each village to set zoning areas based on the risk of each region,” Hartanto concluded.
Conclusively, he has organized a process of facilitating food aid to residents through government institutions including police and military during this lockdown.
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