While many had hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Christmas, this was unfortunately not the case. This forced the government to limit Christmas celebrations, turning this year’s holiday into something like never before.
Churches were forced to adapt by holding online masses and services. Millions canceled their plans to visit relatives for the holidays. But some churchgoers were lucky enough to attend services or visit their loved ones directly -- of course, by adhering to strict health protocol by, among other measures, keeping physical distances and wearing face masks.
Meanwhile, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally fulfilled his promise to reshuffle his Cabinet by replacing some of his ministers whom many saw making little-to-none progress in addressing the hard times. Experts believe the latest Cabinet reshuffle, which was announced three days before Christmas, might give the government the fresh start it needs in its battle against the pandemic as the country gears up for a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive next year. (kuk)