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Jakarta Post

Central Java to build new mask factory, increase alcohol production to curb COVID-19

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 19, 2020   /   01:10 pm
Central Java to build new mask factory, increase alcohol production to curb COVID-19 Workers complete mask manufacturing at PT Jayamas Medica Karangwinongan Village, Mojoagung District, Jombang Regency, East Java, on Wednesday, March 18. (Antara/Syaiful Arif)

A new mask factory will be built in Brebes, Central Java, while alcohol production in Wonogiri will be increased to produce more hand sanitizer to curb the spread of COVID-19, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has announced.

”We should follow the South Korean government's example [and increase mask production]. This is our chance to be an independent nation,” he said. 

Besides masks, another essential product needed in handling COVID-19 is alcohol, as it is a major component of hand sanitizer.

Ganjar said Central Java only had one company that produced alcohol but the company was willing to increase production.

"It will produce up to 3 million liters. We need hand sanitizer but there is a limited supply.”

Ganjar also acknowledged that the province still lacked personal protective equipment.

“When I had an online meeting with regents and mayors in Central Java on Tuesday, they said all hospitals lacked personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, respirators and protective clothing,” he said.

"We will ask more companies to produce more personal protective equipment.”

As of Thursday morning, Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases.(aly)

If you want to help in the fight against COVID-19, we have compiled an up-to-date list of community initiatives designed to aid medical workers and low-income people in this article. Link: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak