The Jakarta Post
Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital and its COVID-19 epicenter needs greater popular effort and targeted local containment to stop contagion, experts have said.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until June 4 in an effort to completely stop transmission after studies found that the COVID-19 reproductive ratio in the capital had been dropping since restriction policies were applied in mid-March. The ratio refers to the expected number of people one person with the disease will directly infect in a population susceptible to the disease.
A study by researchers from the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health found that the reproductive ratio in Jakarta had decreased from 4 in mid-March to 1.11 on May 17.
“The coronavirus will not go away. But if we can reduce the ratio to less than one, it will sprea...