Indonesians urged to rely on credible sources for COVID-19 information

Indonesians urged to rely on credible sources for COVID-19 information

The Indonesian Government's spokesperson for the handling of COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto. (ANTARA/HO-Gugus Tugas Covid-19)

If you need accurate information on COVID-19, or any other information on that issue, we have covid19.go.id
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Government's spokesperson for the handling of COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, urged citizens to ensure that any coronavirus-related information they consume or share is accurate and disseminated by credible sources.

"If you need accurate information on COVID-19, or any other information on that issue, we have covid19.go.id," he told journalists during his regular press conference, made available on the Youtube account of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Thursday.

In addition to the website, citizens can also get information via hotline number 119 (extension 9), WhatsApp (081133399000), and Halo Kemkes (1500567), Yurianto said.

He also called on Indonesians across the archipelago to protect themselves and their loved ones from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by practicing a healthy lifestyle and following all recommended healthcare protocols.

The call for relying on credible sources for information on COVID-19 has also been echoed by other figures in the country.

The Indonesian Press Council has urged all media outlets across the country to provide credible information on COVID-19 to allow people to decide on measures to deal with the impact of the virus and battle stress in wake of the outbreak.

"The media must be able to persuade the people to participate in spreading accurate and credible information on COVID-19 itself," head of the Indonesian Press Council, Muhammad Nuh, said in a recent press statement.

Public participation in dealing with COVID-19 is important as people at large can take correct preventive measures against the deadly virus, he said.

The Indonesian Government has put in place precautionary measures since the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, which first struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December, 2019.

As of Thursday, Indonesia has reported 3,293 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 280 deaths, and 252 recoveries. (INE)


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