Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has recovered from coronavirus and has been released from the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital where he was treated for the past weeks.
Kepuh village in Indonesia has been haunted by ghosts recently – mysterious white figures jumping out at unsuspecting passers-by, then gliding off under a full-moon sky.
Puskesmas staff are now expected to educate people on the disease, trace contacts, monitor suspected cases and administer rapid tests, all the while treating COVID-19 patients without sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).
Jokowi says economy, social stability equally important; Indonesia to boost coronavirus testing capacity
“The social programme would help bring people to a calm,” Mr Joko said, referring to concerns expressed in Indonesia and overseas about the public health crisis leading to social instability.
COVID-19: Crowds, minor infractions on first working day after social restrictions imposed in Jakarta
Offices and businesses were closed or needed to have their employees work from home. However, government offices, construction sites, banks, hospitals, markets and restaurants and other essential services are still allowed to operate.
Amid the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, many health workers in the country have been trying to ease people’s fears by uploading pictures and messages on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram.
Experts from Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) have called on the government to provide accurate and integrated data on COVID-19 so that the public does not underestimate the gravity of the situation.
In Indonesia, a disproportionate burden and risk is being worn by the urban poor who, in the face of government inaction in tackling the spread of Covid-19, are having to rely on themselves and each other to survive.
Neighbours have never before played such a critical “bystander” role as they do during periods of households’ physical isolation.
“Because there are limited healthcare facilities, especially in my district, our people need more information that is easy to use without the need to go to the hospital,” he told Reuters.
“We know that Australia has never experienced anything on the scale of COVID-19, and understand that the temporary restrictions are likely to affect everyone’s sense of wellbeing.”
The panel of policy experts will discuss how President Jokowi and regional government leaders are addressing the COVID-19 crisis, its likely impact to Indonesia’s stagnating economic growth, and how everyday Indonesians respond.