The Jakarta Post
Though accustomed to disasters, Indonesians were initially clueless in the face of this pandemic. Unlike a flood or an earthquake, from which we can run to seek shelter, now there is nowhere to run. The risk of contagion, we’re told, comes not just from others sneezing, but our own hands – which we must wash continuously.
With the central government’s rather confusing policies and the health system buckling as confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 steadily rise, people are again looking to their closest sources of help – their communities, neighbors and volunteers. It was only on Tuesday afternoon that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally announced a government regulation on large-scale social restrictions and a presidential decree on the nationwide health emergency status based on the Health Quarantine Law.
With little guidance, people have worked togethe...