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Jakarta Post

Thinking beyond lockdown to contain COVID-19 in Indonesia

  • Muhammad Habib Abiyan Dzakwan

    CSIS Commentaries

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 21 2020   /  01:42 am

Following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement on March 2 of Indonesia’s first two positive cases of the infectious respiratory disease known as COVID-19, the country was added to the list of nations affected by the pandemic, which was originally identified in Wuhan, China. The Tourism Ministry has calculated that Indonesia has lost US$2.8 billion of economic potential merely from the loss of Chinese tourists. The Office of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment also announced another round of losses worth about $500 million from the delays in Chinese investment in the country.The economic burden is particularly painful because Indonesia recently took measures to neutralize the impacts of the United States-China trade war last year. Beyond the financial damage, Indonesia should be much more concerned about safeguarding its citizens from the virus e...