Kominfo reinstates work from home rules amid COVID surge

Kominfo reinstates work from home rules amid COVID surge

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Work from home was fully implemented during seven working days, starting June 17, 2021.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) has reinstated its work-from-home guidance for all officials and staff amid a spike in coronavirus infections.

“Work from home was fully implemented during seven working days, starting June 17, 2021,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Dedy Permadi, stated in a press statement issued here on Saturday.

The work-from-home policy has been fully enforced for officials or staff working at the central office of the Communication and Informatics Ministry on Merdeka Barat street, Central Jakarta, he informed.

The policy has been issued in view of rising COVID-19 cases at the ministry, he added.

Permadi assured that all public service activities, including licensing, continue to run and remain accessible to the public.

The ministry is planning to implement a hybrid working pattern — a combination of work from home and office alternately — starting June 28, 2021, he said.

As reported earlier, the Jakarta provincial administration has extended micro-scale public activity restrictions (Micro PPKM) in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the capital city.

The micro PPKM has been imposed in Jakarta until June 28, 2021.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has attributed the recent increase in infections to the Eid al-Fitr festivities in May this year.

Based on data provided by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as many as 12,990 people tested positive for COVID-19 across the nation in the 24 hours ended June 18, 2021, taking the total tally to 1,936,266.

Jakarta recorded the highest single-day increase in cases, contributing 4,737 cases or 36.47 percent of the total cases. Cumulatively, the COVID-19 tally in Jakarta has reached 463,552.

The city’s positivity rate also rose to 17.9 percent, Jakarta’s health provincial administration head Widyastuti informed on Tuesday (June 15, 2021).

The bed occupancy rate (BOR) in the capital also showed a significant increase with 78 percent or 5,752 out of the total 7,341 beds occupied in two weeks ended June 14, 2021. Meanwhile, 773 of the 1,086 ICU beds were occupied.

The Jakarta provincial administration is striving to increase the bed capacity by involving other parties, for instance, through adding self-isolation facilities with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

The administration is also planning to use the Nagrak Cilincing flats, Wisma PMII and Wisma Ragunan, as additional facilities if the number of patients at Wisma Atlet continue to rise.

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