Testing, tracing, processing should be stepped up in C Java’s Kudus
Jakarta (ANTARA) – National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo stressed that it is essential to step up testing, tracing and treatment to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases in the district of Kudus, in the province of Central Java.
In addition to stepping up testing, tracing and treatment, local residents must continue to follow 5M health protocols, Prabowo noted in a press release received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Monday.
5M’s health protocols include “wearing face masks”, “hand washing”, “maintaining physical distancing measures”, “crowd avoidance” and “reduced mobility”.
Accompanied by Indonesian military commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief Ganip Warsito, Prabowo visited Kudus this weekend as the district had recorded a significant increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19.
Local residents who have been found must stay at home and self-isolate until the results of their swab test are released, according to Prabowo.
Those who must isolate themselves will be monitored by the military and police, responsible for ensuring optimal application of restrictions on public activities on a micro-scale (PPKM-Mikro) to stem the transmission of COVID-19, he said. he assures.
If the results of the residents’ swab tests confirmed that they are suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, they would be moved from their homes to the Donoyudan Boyolali Haj dormitory.
Equipped with 800 beds and a sufficient number of doctors and health workers, the dormitory of the haj is guarded by soldiers and police, he said.
The COVID-19 outbreak first hit the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019 and then spread to various parts of the world, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Indonesian government declared the country’s first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.
Central and regional governments then worked tirelessly to flatten the curve of coronavirus disease by enforcing care protocols and social restrictions.
To break the chain of spread of COVID-19, which had weakened the purchasing power of dozens of families in Indonesia, the government also banned home travel, or “mudik”, ahead of the Eid holiday season. al-Fitr this year, like last year. .
Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono noted that the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia following the Eid al-Fitr holiday would peak in mid-June 2021.
By shutting down new transmission clusters, the government plans to extend the quarantine period for travelers arriving from abroad, especially from countries affected by the COVID-19 crisis, to 14 days, instead of the previous five days .
Currently, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has passed 1.8 million amid the government’s firm efforts to win the battle against COVID-19 which has had an acute impact on its economy and public health.
As part of its efforts to win the fight, the Indonesian government has launched a nationwide vaccination program to contain infections since January 13, 2021.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health had set vaccination for some 181.5 million people under the national program at around 15 months.
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