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Jakarta Post

How Indonesia is expediting its response to COVID-19

  • Wiku Adisasmito

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  01:20 am

A big country, in both size and population, Indonesia faces unique challenges when any infectious disease strikes. The country’s experience shows it is never easy to contain a pandemic, but not impossible to respond to the outbreak proportionally.

The respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is rearing its ugly head in the country, it demands swift and strategic responses as we are racing against time, a luxury we can no longer afford. And not to mention how to orchestrate the available health infrastructure across the country; piecing it together in a vast, cohesive network of testing laboratories and reference hospitals.

As of the fourth week of March, Indonesia alone had confirmed over 1,000 positive cases with about 87 fatalities. The good news is that 35 of the confirmed patients recovered and have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Worldwide, th...