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Factory workers in Bekasi required to report daily activities to stem COVID-19 risk

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Sat, September 5, 2020   /   05:14 pm
Factory workers in Bekasi required to report daily activities to stem COVID-19 risk West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil (right) observes the COVID-19 rapid tests for workers at a Suzuki plant in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java during a visit on Sept. 4. (Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

As new clusters of COVID-19 transmission continue to emerge in industrial areas in Bekasi regency, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has urged factory workers to report their daily activities in a bid to reduce the transmission risk.

“Every factory worker is required to fill out a journal every morning detailing their activities outside of the factory as well as a list of everywhere they go outside of the factory,” Ridwan, who is also the province’s COVID-19 task force chief, said on Friday.

The report, he went on to say, would be used to analyze high-risk activity patterns among the workers.

He also said he hoped the analysis would help factory owners to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and ensure that any worker who tests positive for COVID-19 goes into self-isolation.

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During a visit to the industrial areas in Deltamas in Cikarang on Friday, Ridwan also criticized the lack of proper ventilation in the factories. He asserted that plants must have proper air ventilation to prevent the virus from circulating in one place.

He also urged factory owners and management that if there was any local virus transmission in the factory, they must order employees in the affected areas to work from their respective homes, while continuing some of the factory’s operational activities to maintain productivity.

The West Java COVID-19 task force has been focusing on preventing coronavirus transmission in industrial areas in Bekasi and Karawang following reports of emerging COVID-19 clusters among the workers.

The West Java COVID-19 Information and Coordination Center (Pikobar) recorded 385 new cases on Friday, which brings the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in West Java to 12,104 as of Sept. 4. As many as 6,455 patients have recovered, while 5,368 patients are under quarantine. Meanwhile, 281 deaths have been recorded in the province.