President orders clarity in rules on large-scale social distancing

President orders clarity in rules on large-scale social distancing

President Joko Widodo led a teleconference cabinet meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Monday (March 30, 2020). ANTARA/HO-Muchlis Jr -Presidential Secretariat/sh

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed his aides to formulate a regulation that can serve as a guideline for local leaders to apply large-scale social or physical distancing to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

During a teleconference cabinet meeting from the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, Jokowi called for enforcing greater discipline in implementing large-scale social distancing, coupled with a civil emergency policy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In implementing large-scale social distancing, I call for clearer regulations to be prepared as guidelines for the provincial, regency, and city administrations, so they can work," the president added.

Jokowi has also reiterated that the policy on health quarantine, including regional quarantine, comes under the jurisdiction of the central government and cannot be issued by regional administrations.

"I reminded here that the policy on health quarantine, including regional quarantine, comes under the authority of the central government and not the local governments," he reiterated.

The president has appealed to all ministers and regional leaders to harbor a common vision and policy designed after taking into account the social and economic impacts.

"I am optimistic that all ministers can assure that central and regional governments would harbor a common vision and policy. All should have been calculated, both in terms of the health impact as well as the social and economic impacts," he stated.

As of Sunday (March 29), the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia had increased to 1,285, with 64 patients having recovered and 114 dying of the virus. Related news: Physical distancing is better alternative to lockdown: President
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