Indonesia drawing lessons from India's COVID handling: Widodo

Indonesia drawing lessons from India's COVID handling: Widodo

Archive photo - President Joko Widodo issues a press statement on the opening of vaccinations for 12-17 year olds from the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday (June 28, 2021). (ANTARA/Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau)

At the moment, the case number in India has gone down again to 50 thousand cases per day. There is a lesson that we can learn from there
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo has said that Indonesia has taken lessons from the handling of the spike in COVID-19 cases in India earlier this year while drawing up pandemic control measures at home.

"At the moment, the case number in India has gone down again to 50 thousand cases per day. There is a lesson that we can learn from there," Widodo said at the VIII National Conference of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi on Wednesday.

Widodo said Indonesian Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, got in touch with his Indian counterpart, while he spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone to discuss the reason behind the spike in cases in India.

Exponential increases in coronavirus infections have also been recorded in a number of other countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, which has put the city of Sydney under a lockdown, he added.

A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases has also been recorded in Indonesia in the past few weeks, he noted.

For that reason, all elements of the public need to stay vigilant, the President said.

He then asked regional leaders to ensure that health and economic measures are being carried out in alignment with each other.

He also called for the continuous study of the new COVID-19 variant and for the acceleration of the vaccination drive.

"There is no bargaining, we have to reach one million (daily vaccine doses) in July and two million in August (2021),” he stressed. (INE)


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