Kendari (ANTARA) - Southeast Sulawesi Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Yan Sultra Indrajaya has sought a persuasive approach to be applied by his staff in enforcing Community Activities Restrictions (PPKM) in the area.

"Apply a humanist and persuasive approach in handling people behind crowding. Show that we are part of them (Indonesians), and this is for everyone's safety," Indrajaya noted in Kendari, capital of Southeast Sulawesi province, Saturday.

Indrajaya appealed to his staff to work along with the Indonesian military (TNI) to edify the public to stay disciplined in applying health protocols, especially the 5M: wearing masks, washing hands with soap in running water, maintaining distance, avoiding crowds, and limiting mobility and social interaction.

"The principle is we are educating people politely. Show that we are part of the community," he affirmed.

Indrajaya highlighted the criticality of applying health protocols and conducting vaccinations on account of the continued rising trend of COVID-19 cases, including in the Southeast Sulawesi region.

The Provincial Police chief vowed that his side will extend all-out assistance to the government to address the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Southeast Sulawesi.

"We are doing our best to help and support government policies to offer awareness of the importance of health protocols to the public," he remarked.

The Police and TNI in Southeast Sulawesi proceed to visit the community directly to provide basic food assistance, especially for residents affected by the implementation of PPKM, to stem the spread of COVID-19.

As of July 23, 2021, the Southeast Sulawesi COVID-19 Task Force recorded that out of 14,726 patients, 11,838 recovered, 2,585 were undergoing treatment and isolation, and 303 people died.

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Translator: M Harianto, Raka Adji
Editor: Suharto
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