The Jakarta Post
The National COVID-19 task force has been using a real-time data platform called Sistem Bersatu Lawan COVID-19 (BLC) Monitoring Perubahan Perilaku (United in Fighting COVID-19 Monitoring Behavioral Change System) to curb the spread of the disease.
The task force’s expert team coordinator and spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, said in a virtual press conference hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Wednesday that the team had been using the platform for four months and had been monitoring several locations with high cases of health protocols violations.
Wiku explained that BLC was designed to produce real-time, integrated, systematic and interoperable data that involved cross-sectors coordination.
“Through this system, field officers can enter various information about health protocol violations from the locations in real-time,” he explained.
Wiku went on to say that the data would then be processed into statistical data to determine the locations with a high number of health protocol violations, adding that the information gathered from field officers would help optimize the implementation of COVID-19 health protocols.
BLC contains various features, including a questionnaire that can be used to report public gatherings and monitor individuals or institutional compliance with health protocols.
The monitoring results will appear in the national dashboard and can be used for location mapping to improve health protocol compliance.
“The data is generated in real-time and will be updated based on incoming reports. Through this dashboard, [users] can see the number of people being monitored, the number of locations, districts or cities as well as provinces under observation,” he explained.
Wiku revealed that in the past four weeks, data on the national dashboard showed that over 18 million people were currently being monitored and 3,480,380 locations were under observation.
“This system [was developed] to [prevent] the spread of the disease,” he said, adding that behavioral change was among the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The government has taken various measures to flatten the curve. While hoping for the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, targeted testing and tracing form a large part of the government’s efforts to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On a different occasion, Monica Nirmala, advisor to Indonesia’s COVID-19 management team, said the disease was often transmitted by only a handful of infected people, known as super spreaders, noting that 80 percent of new cases were caused by 20 percent of infected people.
Monica explained that once the virus was transmitted, infected people would develop symptoms between two and 10 days. In this short infectious period, timing and quick responses were keys to stopping transmission. (jes)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.