Health Minister approves PSBB in Pekanbaru to reduce COVID-19 spread

Health Minister approves PSBB in Pekanbaru to reduce COVID-19 spread

The traffic police on Monday (April 13, 2020) stopped a motorist, who broke the rule on large-scale social restriction (PSBB) imposed in Jakarta. ANTARA/Andi Firdaus/am/sh

The Pekanbaru mayor has earlier suggested to impose PSBB in the city, and based on the evaluation of our technical team, PSBB can be implemented in Pekanbaru
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has approved the implementation of large-scale social restriction (PSBB) in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"The Pekanbaru mayor has earlier suggested to impose PSBB in the city, and based on the evaluation of our technical team, PSBB can be implemented in Pekanbaru," Terawan noted in a statement here on Monday.

Ministerial Decree No. HK.01.07/Menkes/250/2020 on PSBB was signed by the minister on April 12.

The ministry's team conducted an epidemiology study and evaluation on the city's preparedness in terms of the social, economy, and other aspects before approving to apply the restriction in Pekanbaru.

On the basis of the study, the ministry concluded on a considerable spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Pekanbaru, for which the city should impose PSBB to expedite the handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

The imposition of the policy should be followed up by the city administration's consistent efforts to promote a clean and healthy lifestyle among members of the public.

In addition to Pekanbaru, the minister approved the imposition of PSBB in Jakarta; Bekasi District/Municipality, Depok City, and Bogor District/Municipality in West Java; Tangerang District/Municipality and South Tangerang City in Banten.

PSBB can be imposed in a region on the approval of the health minister. The PSBB would be effective for 14 days and can be extended if the authority were to still find cases of virus transmission in the respective region.

Following the issuance of a ministerial decree, a governor’s regulation must be issued to serve as a form of technical guidance on the implementation of PSBB.
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