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Turf war undermines COVID-19 fight

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  12:22 am
Great loss: Family members of a COVID-19 victim mourn during a funeral in Jakarta on Tuesday. Indonesia had recorded 1,528 cases, with 136 deaths, as of Tuesday. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)(AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Great loss: Family members of a COVID-19 victim mourn during a funeral in Jakarta on Tuesday. Indonesia had recorded 1,528 cases, with 136 deaths, as of Tuesday. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared on Tuesday a public health emergency in response to the escalating coronavirus outbreak in the country as tensions rose between the central government and regional heads over how to address the pandemic.

In a speech live-streamed from the Bogor Palace in West Java, the President reiterated his decision to rule out any form of lockdown at the regency or provincial levels, firmly telling regional heads that by declaring a health emergency status through a presidential decree (Keppres) he was able to issue a government regulation (PP) to impose large-scale social restrictions as stipulated under the 2018 Health Quarantine Law to slow the spread of the highly contagi...