Prioritize efforts to thwart spread of COVID-19: Jokowi

Prioritize efforts to thwart spread of COVID-19: Jokowi

President Jokowi. ANTARA/HO-Biro Pers Setpres/Lukas/aa.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called to give top priority to endeavors to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including increasing the discipline of citizens in applying health protocols.

"Once again, I reiterate that handling health problems is crucial and more importantly is preventing disease transmission," Jokowi stated at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Saturday, while delivering remarks during the opening of the fourth Conference of the Indonesian Muslim Brotherhood via video teleconference.

"I urge all parties to stay disciplined in implementing health protocols, so that transmission can be suppressed and people's lives can run normally again," the president stated.

"For those, who are healthy, we take care to not be exposed, while we try to heal those, who have been exposed," he noted.

As of Sept 25, 2020, the total number of COVID-19 patients, who had recovered, reached 196 thousand people, or 73.5 percent of the COVID-19 case tally across Indonesia.

"This is increasing, and we will continue to improve it," the president noted, adding that the government had also consistently striven to reduce disease-related death rate.

The government remains persistent in its COVID-19 prevention and control measures to reduce transmission of the disease caused by the coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

"In preventing the spread of COVID-19 there is no other way out than to stay disciplined in applying health protocols and following new habits that safeguard from COVID-19, at home when we are with the family and while leaving the house," he emphasized.

The president also highlighted the significance of leading a clean and healthy lifestyle to prevent transmission of the disease.

"This necessitates following the health protocols, wearing masks, maintaining a safe distance, washing hands frequently, maintaining ablution, and staying away from crowds, including not holding activities that lead to large crowds, like today, by holding virtual conferences," he noted.

The president remarked that the government had implemented social safety net programs to assist residents affected by the pandemic and had disbursed Rp293 trillion in funds for social protection efforts.

The head of state then spoke of the realization of the social protection program as of September 23, 2020, including Rp29,133 trillion in government funding, that had covered 10 million beneficiaries of the Family Hope Program.

The government also distributed Rp30,978 trillion to 19.41 million beneficiaries of the Basic Food Program and a total aid of Rp4,407 trillion to 1.9 million beneficiaries of the Jabodetabek Staple Food Program.

Under the Cash Social Assistance Program outside Jabodetabek, the government has distributed Rp24,787 trillion to 9.1 million beneficiaries while through the Pre-Work Card Program for workers affected by termination of employment, the government had distributed Rp16,617 trillion to 4.86 million beneficiaries.

The government has distributed a total of Rp11.73 trillion to 7.55 million beneficiaries of the Village Fund Direct Cash Assistance Program (BLT) and disbursed Rp14.183 trillion to 5.9 million micro, small and medium entrepreneurs through the Presidential Assistance Program (Banpres) Productive for Working Capital.

In addition, the government has distributed Rp10.8 trillion to nine million workers, who are beneficiaries of the Salary Subsidy Program and distributed Rp3.455 trillion for 31.4 million beneficiaries of the electricity tariff subsidy program.

"Realization of this national economic recovery program, especially social protection, is expected to be able to help the community and boost the people's productivity," President Widodo stated. Related news: Government stresses on health as key aspect in economic recovery
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