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Military, police to be deployed for contact tracing, protocol enforcement

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Serang Police officers and military personnel apprehend an alleged health protocol offender in Serang, Banten, on Feb. 16, 2021. (Antara/Asep Fathulrahman)
Tri Indah Oktavianti
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, February 22, 2021

Indonesia plans to deploy tens of thousands of security personnel both to enforce COVID-19 restrictions and trace the contacts of patients in what is being called one of the largest non-war operations in the country’s history.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said previously that his administration would involve the military, the police and public order (Satpol PP) officers in the effort to contain the outbreak.

Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who also helms the national economic recovery and COVID-19 response team, said the officers would be deployed in support of the government’s micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro).

“We’re involving the military, the police and Satpol PP officers at the local level, not only for [health protocol] law enforcement but also for contact tracing,” A...

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