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Jakarta Post

'COVID-19 is real', govt says as public denial persists

  • Ivany Atina Arbi


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Public campaign: Jakarta Public Order officials carry posters calling on residents to comply with the government-imposed health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic during rush hour in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Monday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A recent survey by the Health Ministry has found that many citizens do not believe that COVID-19 exists and that many have challenged the call to adhere to health protocols, the national COVID-19 task force has said. In response, the task force has formed so-called “behavioral change” units. They consist of members of the community, the military and local administrations and seek to raise public awareness about the dangers of COVID-19. National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said the initiative would be tested first in Jakarta, a hotbed of coronavirus contagion, before being brought to other regions. At least five behavioral change units consisting of a total of 100 volunteers have been deployed in five subdistricts of the capital to inform people about the virus and reinforce the need to adhere to health protocols. “If the initiative works, we will d...