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Jakarta Post

Premature easing of restrictions ‘risks prolonged first wave’

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Protect and serve: Shop attendants wear face shields at a shopping mall in Serpong in Tangerang, Banten. Shopping malls have applied strict health protocols to protect against COVID-19.(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Indonesia was among the nations with a relaxed approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic before meeting World Health Organization recommendations for rolling back social restrictions, according to recent data from the England’s University of Oxford. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker collected data from more than 160 countries on measures taken by governments to respond to the current pandemic. The report looked at 17 indicators, including school closures, mobility restrictions, income support to residents and testing regime. While Oxford said its indices cannot reflect Indonesia’s risk management, Indonesian epidemiologists, who predicted the first wave would reach its peak sometime in the middle or end of June, are concerned that the premature easing might stretch out the pandemic. On June 1, days before Jakarta entered a transitional phase to the so-...