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Jakarta Post

Jakarta on ‘right track’ in COVID-19 handling: Anies

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira and Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Mon, September 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (center) greets officials after leading a ceremony to commemorate Jakarta's 493rd anniversary at the City Hall in Central Jakarta on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has claimed that the administration is doing well in tackling COVID-19 in the capital, despite a spike in new confirmed cases. “We are now, in September, seeing a rise in pandemic numbers [...] Our battle with COVID-19 will not be over within the coming weeks, but we are on the right track,” Anies said on Friday in his address to a Family Welfare Movement (PKK) event. The governor said the key to handling the epidemic was mass testing and tracing, which he claimed the capital had been aggressively conducting with 50,000 COVID-19 tests a week. The figure is above the World Health Organization’s recommendation for testing at least one person out of 1,000 per week. He added that with the high number of tests, the capital had discovered more infected people that could be immediately subjected to hospital care or self-isolation. ...