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KPK limits detention center visitors amid COVID-19 pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /   11:27 am
KPK limits detention center visitors amid COVID-19 pandemic The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission has announced it will limit visits to its detention center amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement came after the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Correctional Directorate General announced preventive measures to prevent an outbreak in correctional facilities, namely prisons, jails and child prisons.

“This is a temporary restriction. People that are sick and have high temperatures will not be allowed in,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara .

In a previous statement, the Correctional Directorate General said it planned to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in prisons by spraying disinfectant and providing personal hygiene items such as hand sanitizer and soap, as well as body temperature gauges.

“[Prisons will also]  ensure that employees, adult and child prisoners have a body temperature of below 37.5 degrees Celsius,” acting corrections director general Nugroho said on the statement.

Visits to 524 prisons across the country will only be suspended if respective regional administrations declare a COVID-19 emergency after coordinating with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Ali, however, said the KPK’s investigations would proceed as usual, adding that all suspects and witnesses were required undergo body temperature checks. All witnesses and suspects whose body temperatures are above normal will be reported to the prosecution deputy and the KPK’s clinic.

The KPK instructed its employees to work from home March 18 to 31 but some will still go into the office in shifts. The antigraft body’s headquarters will also be disinfected on Wednesday and Thursday.

The agency's secretary-general briefed employees regarding the prevention of the disease's spread. “KPK employees are well-educated and well-informed about the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ali said.

As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.(mfp)


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