"The program involves integrated and holistic management (of) – testing, tracing, and treatment (3T); vaccination program; as well as the health protocols," he said at an online event on Monday.
The government already has a timetable for handling COVID-19, including the testing of 500 thousand people per day, aimed at reducing the infection rate by 25 percent in June-July 2021, he said.
The government will continue with the effort until the positivity rate falls below 5 percent in October-December 2021, he added.
"We are also concerned about beds conversion and occupancy rate. We hope the occupancy rate in August will be around 50-70 percent and (will) keep declining to be under 50 percent in October-November," he said.
The coordinating minister said that the government will also continue with the mass vaccination program since vaccine stocks are currently adequate.
Noting that the Delta variant of the pandemic can spread very quickly, with patients who are not treated quickly having a high mortality rate, he has assured the government is striving to improve the current situation.
"Fortunately, we have succeeded in suppressing 50 percent of the infection rate of the pandemic since July 15. However, in several provinces outside Java the numbers are gradually rising,” he noted.
Pandjaitan then urged the public to remain optimistic and support COVID-19 fighters.
"We have to firmly unite against this common enemy -- the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the Delta variant," he emphasized.
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