Task Force urges people to follow health protocols over long weekend

Task Force urges people to follow health protocols over long weekend

Head of the COVID-19 Response Task Force, Doni Monardo (left), and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto (center), during a discussion on COVID-19 handling in Jakarta on Thursday (October 22, 2020). (ANTARA/Prisca Triferna/sh)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo has urged people to adhere to the health protocols, including wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing hands, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 transmission during the long weekend.

“We should not (be) lax in applying the health protocols despite our fruitful effort to maximally control COVID-19 (from) spreading when some other countries saw an increase in positive cases," Monardo said here on Thursday.

Close cooperation between local and central governments, which involves all elements of the society, is crucial to curb COVID-19 spread.

The COVID-19 Response Task Force has recorded an increase in recoveries, while new cases have not shown a spike in the past few weeks, Monardo said. But, this does not guarantee that the situation will last for a long period, he cautioned.

“Once we neglect it (health protocols), the cases can easily increase,” Monardo, who is concurrently head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said.

Health protocols are crucial, but public cooperation is needed to implement them to stop transmission of the disease, he added.

“Togetherness, collective awareness are crucial,” he noted.

Monardo reiterated that COVID-19 is not a conspiracy by certain parties, but it is a pandemic that has killed more than one million people worldwide. (INE)

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