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Jakarta Post

Provinces seek greater authority to curb contagion

  • Sausan Atika and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 14 2020   /  12:27 am

Regional administrations are stepping up measures to prevent the potential community spread of COVID-19 as concerns mount over the central government’s lack of transparency in handling the health crisis.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil have asked to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests independently.“Jakarta can do [the test] but we have limited authority. We have sent a letter to the Health Ministry, asking it to give our city laboratory the authority to help test [suspected COVID-19 patients],” Anies said on weekly talk show Mata Najwa on Wednesday.These test results, which would come out faster if done in Jakarta, would allow the city administration to act quickly in tracing the movements of people found to have COVID-19 and, therefore, better contain the spread of the virus.Ridwan Kamil has made a similar request, saying that relying ...