Jakarta (ANTARA) - Achmad Yurianto, Indonesian government's spokesperson for COVID-19 response, asserted that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be fully controllable, chiefly through the public's compliance and discipline in implementing the social distancing measure and health protocols.
"We must abide by the rules if we want (the virus) to be brought under control in June and July. Presently, there are indications of the disease starting to be brought under control, and restrictions being reduced," Yurianto stated during a press conference at the Graha BNPB Building here on Tuesday.
All elements of the nation should be committed to staying disciplined and compliant to the policies applied by the government to successfully contain the COVID-19 pandemic, he remarked.
Yurianto noted that COVID-19 cannot be contained if only a part or a group of people are committed.
"We are optimistic that August would be better. A new sense of normalcy will be restored in our lives, and we will lead a more disciplined life, for instance, the discipline of hand washing and leading a clean and healthy lifestyle," he stated.
Yurianto stated that Indonesians, their families, and neighbors, as well as the environment can be protected by following a clean and healthy lifestyle.
"We are sure we can. The key is that we must be together and "gotong royong (mutual help and cooperation)," he emphasized.
Until Tuesday, at 12:00 local time, Indonesia recorded 243 other people that had recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, thereby bringing the total number of recoveries so far to 2,197.
New deaths brought the death toll to 972, while the number of confirmed cases rose by 484 people to reach 12,071.
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