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Experts call for action on super-spreader

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  01:07 am
Kill the germs: A resident washes her hands using a portable sink provided by the Depok city administration at the Depok Terminal in Depok, West Java. Two Depok residents were the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. (JP/Rian Alfiandi)(JP/Rian Alfiandi)

Kill the germs: A resident washes her hands using a portable sink provided by the Depok city administration at the Depok Terminal in Depok, West Java. Two Depok residents were the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. (JP/Rian Alfiandi)That coronavirus is a highly infectious disease is a well-known fact. However, many people still choose to ignore calls from experts and the government to practice physical distancing and cancel big events. Indonesia has saw several large gatherings about a month ago, and now many are worried that such ignorance has helped the virus spread massively to many parts of the country.

At the end of February, a week before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two cases of COVID-19, and while other countries were busy fighting against COVID-19, thousands of people from various cities in Indonesia gathered for two different semin...