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Jakarta Post

Missing strategies against COVID-19

  • Retno Listyarti

    Member of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI)

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 6 2020   /  01:15 am

The COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia is escalating day by day and spreading indiscriminately, reaching almost the entire country. Even among confirmed patients, a lot is still unknown regarding precisely where and how they were infected. As of April 3, confirmed cases in Indonesia had reached almost 2,000 and 181 people had died, including medical professionals and other health workers.

Thousands have returned to their hometowns and villages, many having lost their income and workplaces have been temporarily closed. The mass homecoming exodus (mudik) from the capital has intensified virus transmissions to more regions in the country, as Jakarta is the epicenter. These travelers have strong potential to be COVID-19 carriers and they could endanger their families and local communities, especially the elderly and children. Millions of more travelers are expected ahead of post-Ramadan c...