PPKM outside Java-Bali extended until April 14: minister
The criteria for implementing PPKM levels outside of Java-Bali are based on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, such as local transmission, number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations, as well as the capacity to response, which is test, trace and treat.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, has extended the implementation of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) for regions outside Java-Bali, from March 29 to April 14, 2022.
“The criteria for implementing PPKM levels outside of Java-Bali are based on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as local transmission, number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations, as well as the capacity of response, which is test, trace and treat,” Hartarto said here on Tuesday.
Other indicators are that the coverage of the second dose of vaccination must reach at least 45% and the first dose for the elderly must reach at least 60%, he explained.
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“The PPKM for districts or cities that do not meet the threshold will be raised by one level, except for having a population of less than 200,000 people and less than two confirmed cases per 100,000 population,” pointed out Hartarto.
Based on the criteria, the minister pointed out that 26 districts/cities outside of Java and Bali are implementing PPKM Level 1, 250 districts/cities are implementing Level 2, and 109 districts/cities are implementing Level 2. level 3.
Ramadan worship activities, such as tarawih and tadarus prayers, are also permitted in mosques based on the results of the PPKM assessment last week.
To that end, Hartarto urged regional leaders to anticipate the potential spread of COVID-19 by increasing coverage of people receiving full doses of vaccinations as well as boosters, especially for the elderly group.
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Furthermore, he urged regional leaders to disseminate information to the public that vaccination during Ramadan does not invalidate the fast, according to the fatwa of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). Hartarto also advised enforcing sanitary protocols in places of worship.
Hartarto also asked to implement the mandatory provisions for booster shots and antigen testing for those returning home for Eid al-Fitr. Therefore, he stressed that health facilities should be ready to anticipate the potential increase in positive COVID-19 cases after Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
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