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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
Going home: A COVID-19 patient prepares to leave the Pademangan quarantine compound at the former athlete's village in Kemayoran North Jakarta, on Friday. A new tower in the Pademangan compound was opened as a quarantine facility after the temporary COVID-19 hospital became fully occupied.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia continues to book record daily highs in new COVID-19 cases and shows no signs of slowing down. With infection far from under control, the government has said it is committed to flattening the curve, but does not have a clear strategy for testing, tracing and treating, as is advised by the World Health Organization (WHO). President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Saturday that Indonesia’s number of cases remained lower than India and the United States, but failed to mention that the scale of testing in Indonesia lags behind these two countries. Jokowi also seems to be satisfied with Indonesia’s COVID-19 recovery rate of 73.5 percent, while the WHO says it’s best to ensure there are no infections at all because the long-term health implications of having been infected remain uncertain. In any case, the robust development of the healthcare system s...