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Families urged not to host gatherings as new clusters emerge

  • News Desk

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
A pair of newlyweds (left) greet their guests as they hold a drive-through wedding party in Bekasi, West Java on Aug. 8, 2020. The government has urged families in Indonesia to avoid large gatherings as family clusters emerge during the pandemic.(Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga has urged families to avoid hosting or attending family gatherings. “We highly recommend that all families in Indonesia refrain from taking part in large family gatherings amid the pandemic,” Bintang said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday. Bintang suggested that families instead interact with each other online. She said she had been summoned by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo following the emergence of COVID-19 infection clusters in families. Jokowi instructed her to continue proclaiming the importance of upholding health protocols in public, especially within extended families. “Our campaign includes promoting the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining physical distance. This needs to be [communicated on a massive scale] with the help of those who f...