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Gap persists between new COVID-19 policy and reality in Jakarta neighborhoods 

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 18, 2021   /  07:29 pm
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A pedestrian walks past a restaurant on Jl. Sabang in Central Jakarta on Jan. 8. The government has instructed regional administrations throughout Java and Bali to impose micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) from Feb. 9 to 22 to curb COVID-19 transmission at the local level.(Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

Jakarta faces a gap between the government's newest activity restrictions and reality on the ground, with many neighborhood authorities are already trying their best under less-than-ideal circumstances and lacking information and resources since the beginning of the pandemic. The more targeted curbs, effective from Feb. 9 to 22, introduced last week as micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro), require neighborhood units (RTs) and community units (RWs) – the lowest levels of city administration – to enforce restrictions that best suit their level of risk. The higher the risk of transmission, determined regularly by the COVID-19 task force in each city or regency, the tighter the restrictions to be enforced by RTs or RWs. In RTs with the highest transmission risk, where COVID-19 cases have been found in at least 10 households over seven days, neighborhood...