Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan emphasized that the government's decision to deal with COVID-19 is still integrated.

"We, as the implementers, have no problems. We decide everything in an integrated manner. We decide everything in an integrated way," the minister emphasized at a virtual press conference in Jakarta, Monday.

According to the COVID-19 Task Force, as of July 11, 2021, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 2,527,203, with the addition of 36,197 cases in 24 hours, thereby bringing the total tally of active cases to 376,015.

"I have said many times that we have several problems, and we fix this problem in an orderly manner because the team works very closely," Pandjaitan affirmed.

The minister highlighted that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had given clear-cut instructions.

Earlier, Gerindra Party politician Fadli Zon had urged President Jokowi to take over the handling of COVID-19, as the government's projections regarding COVID-19 since the start of last year were often wide of the mark.

According to Zon, if the government wants to be serious, President Jokowi should lead the handling of COVID-19 directly.

"Hence, if someone says that the situation is not under control, it is very under control. Thus, those who speak out of control can come to me later. I will demonstrate to them that we are under control," Pandjaitan stated.

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Regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, Pandjaitan also explained that Indonesia had again received vaccine donations from friendly countries.

"We agree that there will be an increase in vaccinations conducted by the Indonesian Military (TNI), National Police (Polri), and health services, directly in marginal areas, the outskirts of the city. I think it can run this week," Pandjaitan stated.

The minister highlighted that the implementation of community activity restrictions (PPKM) was another government strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19.

"I think with the implementation of vaccination, the PPKM then runs simultaneously, medicine and oxygen, and then beds. I see in the next four to five days, the situation will improve," Pandjaitan remarked.

The COVID-19 Task Force’s data indicated that the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 had risen by 32,615, thereby bringing the total recovery count to 2,084,724 people.

Meanwhile, the number of people that died from exposure to COVID-19 rose by 1,007, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Indonesia to 66,464.

Meanwhile, 36,267,019 people received the first dose of vaccination and 15,011,348 people were administered the second vaccination. This figure is still far from the national vaccination target of 181,554,465 people.

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Translator: Desca L, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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