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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesia calls for greater cooperation as countries close borders

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 15, 2020   /  07:11 pm
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Hopeful halo: Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi delivers her annual policy speech in Jakarta on Jan. 8.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

Indonesia is urging that countries band together in the fight to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus globally, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday, as the international community begins imposing drastic measures like limited travel restrictions, large-scale evacuations and lockdowns of entire countries. The COVID-19 outbreak, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization last week, has spread to more than 130 countries worldwide, forcing governments to take matters into their own hands to contain the virus, Retno told The Jakarta Post in an interview. She pointed out that different countries made different assessments of the situation. She noted that some were extreme, such as the complete lockdown of Italy, while other responses were more measured, like the partial lockdowns in China’s Hubei province and of Metro Manila in the Philippines. ...