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Covid-19 Handling Policies Often Change, Jokowi: Adjusting Problems and Challenges

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August 16, 2021 10:45 WIB

Covid-19 control policies must be adaptive.

President Joko Widodo (special)

JAKARTA, JITUNEWS.COM – The Indonesian government has often changed its policies for handling the pandemic since the corona virus (Covid-19) was detected in February 2020.

President Joko Widodo explained that policy determination was based on the development of data on Covid-19 cases. The government continues to strive to maintain a balance between the health sector and the economy during the pandemic.

“Policy objectives and directions are consistently adhered to, but strategy and field management must dynamically adapt to problems and challenges,” said Jokowi during a state speech at the MPR Annual Session, Monday (16/8).

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The head of state said that Covid-19 control policies must be adaptive, such as the nature of the corona virus which mutates quickly.

“Tightening and easing of public mobility, for example, must be carried out at the latest every week, with reference to the latest data,” said Jokowi.

As is known, the government has never imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, even after there was a spike in cases.

The government implemented Emergency PPKM to reduce the number of cases and was implemented on July 3-20. Then the government switched to using the term level-based PPKM starting July 20 and several times it was extended to August 16 for Java and Bali.

Meanwhile, PPKM based on levels 2, 3, and 4 in a number of areas outside Java and Bali ends on August 23.

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