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Jakarta Post

Government to step up mask-wearing campaign as cases rise

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Office workers walk toward their office buildings near the Dukuh Atas railway station in Central Jakarta on May 12.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The government is set to step up its public campaign to encourage mask-wearing in the next few weeks as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise. “[President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo] has asked us to educate the public on health protocols,” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in a statement on Tuesday. “We [will] start with the essential, which is mask-wearing.” Muhadjir said the government would establish a program, spearheaded by the coordinating minister’s office, to intensify the campaign to wear a face mask in public places, including appointing a mask-wearing “ambassador” and distributing social aid packages that include face masks. Additionally, the government plans to issue public service commercials in print and online publications, social media and billboards, in addition to e...