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Jakarta Post

Public resistance hinders tracing efforts: Task force

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Virus tracing: A woman undergoes a rapid test at Patriot Chandrabaga Stadium in Bekasi, West Java, on Friday organized by the Bekasi COVID-19 task force, which has called on residents to take the rapid tests because of the spike in coronavirus cases.(JP/P.J. Leo)

Health authorities working in the field still face difficulties carrying out close contact tracing as they face rejection from the public, the National COVID-19 task force has said. “The biggest obstacle right now is tracing, because there is a lot of resistance in the community due to the stigma against COVID-19 patients [who they believe] should be avoided," task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in a press conference on Tuesday. He said unreliable information circulating among communities eliminated “the feeling of trust” in COVID-19 patients as the subjects of contact tracing. Wiku further called on all segments of society to eliminate negative stigmas against COVID-19 patients so that the government could work effectively while urging the public to be truthful regarding their travel history and interactions. “Being honest and supporti...