"The key is micro level (restrictions), the smallest level. If it (micro-scale social restriction) is enforced across Indonesia, I believe we will be able to conquer COVID-19," he said in a press statement released on Thursday.
On Thursday, the minister observed family-level self-isolation in Benda village, Sukabumi district, West Java.
The success of micro-scale social restrictions will chiefly hinge on adherence to the health protocols, particularly the observance of 3Ms — wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing, and effective operation of 3Ts — tracing, testing, and treatment
"Basically, we must handle COVID-19 simultaneously through the 3Ms and 3Ts. If one of them is stalled, we will not be able to conquer COVID-19," the minister remarked.
In addition, mutual help between regional governments and local communities is needed, he said.
There should no longer be stigma attached to COVID-19, which will merely worsen the health of patients, he added.
COVID-19 patients should be supported spiritually and materially so they can recover soon and be free of the deadly virus.
"I also have observed persons contracting COVID-19 to ensure that the public will not stay away from him. It is okay to maintain social restrictions,” Effendy said.
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