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Jokowi called on to take greater control over COVID-19 response

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
A Jakarta Public Order Agency official stands guard near a mannequin reminding people about the danger of COVID-19 in Sunter, North Jakarta, on Tuesday. JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must take greater control over Indonesia’s COVID-19 response, as the country continues to grapple with a surge in new cases, an epidemiologist has said. “The President must directly lead COVID-19 handling,” Pandu Riono of the University of Indonesia told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. Pandu said the current strategy, carried out under the national COVID-19 task force, had not been effective in curbing coronavirus transmission. Therefore, he argued, the President, as the head of state, must directly preside over COVID-19 management to help flatten the curve of transmission. “No country but Indonesia has established a COVID-19 task force. There should be no more task force. The government, with all its ministries, must take on the task in order to be effective,” Pandu said. This week, the country has see...