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Jakarta Post

Palace tightens protocols following COVID-19 scares

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (left), Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto (second left), Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD (center) and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) are seen without masks during a Cabinet meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday.(Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau/via

Health protocols have been more strictly enforced on the grounds of the Presidential Palace, including for state guests and journalists, following repeated incidents of COVID-19 infection in close proximity to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said that his office would take no chances in order to minimize the risk of transmission, as guests of the President are now obliged to undergo multiple COVID-19 tests. “Whoever will meet the President in person will need to undergo a swab test [prior to the meeting] and a rapid test on the day, even though they have already been tested,” Heru said in a recent statement to the press. He also gave an assurance that physical distancing measures, proper face cover with masks and handwashing protocols were also being very strictly enforced. The secretariat saw the shift i...