The Jakarta Post
The Central Java administration has launched an online map detailing the spread of the coronavirus in regions across the province as part of an effort to provide accurate information to the public regarding the scale of local contagion.
The constantly updated map – which can be accessed at corona.jatengprov.go.id – provides information on the number of confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients under treatment (ODP) and surveillance (PDP) within a 500-meter to 3-kilometer radius, therefore allowing the public to keep track of the health emergency in their respective communities.
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said the online map, which sources its data from every subdistrict across the province, was expected to increase public awareness of the gravity of the current situation and enable residents to take the necessary precautions.
“For example, [the map shows] which regions are green zones, indicating they’re still safe. It means those regions have to be protected. Meanwhile, those in red zones […] are obligated to stay home. Don’t be stubborn,” Ganjar said on Tuesday in provincial capital Semarang.
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He went on to say that the map was also expected to quell mass panic among the public as it was designed to provide an up-to-date visual representation of the situation.
“When a resident learns that a neighbor is infected with the virus, they need to stay at home. There’s no need to go outside to shop; just shop online,” Ganjar said, adding the administration had seen increased public support as the province recorded more confirmed cases.
Central Java has recorded 93 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as of Wednesday morning.
Several other regions across Java have previously established official websites where the public can access online maps of the COVID-19 spread.
Residents of Jakarta and West Java, for instance, may monitor the latest developments at corona.jakarta.go.id and pikobar.jabarprov.go.id, respectively. For East Java, the updates of the coronavirus disease can be accessed at infocovid19.jatimprov.go.id. (rfa)