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Experts warn of turbulent 'new normal' amid COVID-19 data, testing issues

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Safe distance -- A shop owner serves customers outside her shop on Jl. Pamulang Raya, in South Tangerang, Banten, on June 1, in an effort to help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Experts and volunteers with the LaporCovid-19 (Report Covid-19) community movement have warned of a potentially tumultuous "new normal" period following the easing of the large-scale restrictions (PSBB), pointing to the country's numerous issues in data gathering, testing capacity and risk perception.  These factors are essential to ensuring a safe post-epidemic environment for resuming economic and social activities. LaporCovid19 spokesperson Irma Hidayana said on Sunday that Indonesia’s COVID-19 data did not live up to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. In particular, the government had not taken into account the number of deaths among suspected COVID-19 cases, which comprised the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in the country. LaporCovid-19 had recorded ...