Anies recommends public to restrict interactions amid COVID-19 spread

Anies recommends public to restrict interactions amid COVID-19 spread

Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan in the City Hall (10/3/2020). (ANTARA/Livia Kristianti)

The steps we have to take are those pertaining to reducing interactions between the general public and those who are exposed
Jakarta (ANTARA) - After meeting and receiving feedback from health experts over the spread of COVID-19 in the capital city, DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has advised people to reduce their interactions as far as possible.

"The steps we have to take are those pertaining to reducing interactions between the general public and those who are exposed," he stated at the Jakarta City Hall on Wednesday.

Anies Baswedan remarked that the appeal departs from crucial lessons drawn from events in several countries where many cases have sporadically and drastically increased, including in Iran, Italy, and the United States, as well as several other countries, that tend to be less stringent in limiting interaction, based on his observations.

"As soon as the number of cases increases drastically, control will then be tightened. Italy has also imposed a lockdown on all countries. Moreover, nations, such as Singapore, Vietnam, and New Zealand, have tightened their control measures from the start," he stated.

Hence, he noted that the DKI Jakarta provincial government decided to take proactive actions to limit interactions in public spaces between individuals, who do not necessarily have a connection but have potential exposure to viruses, also taking into account the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia.

The governor stated that additional measures have been undertaken, including to provide disinfectants in modes of public transportation, hand sanitizers, and thermal guns.

A total of 27 cases of coronavirus infections have been recorded in Indonesia, with one death, and most cases in Jakarta.

The DKI Jakarta Health Offices reported 70 people under their observation outside hospitals, and 331 people having passed the observations. Some 97 patients are being treated in hospitals, with 100 cleared and discharged.  

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