MPR Speaker calls attention to COVID uptick in 5 provinces

MPR Speaker calls attention to COVID uptick in 5 provinces

People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo. (ANTARA/HO-MPR RI/FR)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo on Monday drew attention to a report indicating a sharp spike in coronavirus cases in five provinces -- Jakarta, Central Java, West Java, East Java, and South Sulawesi.

Soesatyo urged the Ministry of Health to request the assistance of regional governments and the COVID-19 Handling Task Force in the five provinces to  investigate and clarify the cause behind the increase in cases.

"In addition, respond to these cases by providing health services in order to contain the spread of COVID-19," he noted in a written statement here on Monday.

He asked regional governments and the COVID-19 Handling Task Force in the five provinces to expand testing, tracing, and treatment efforts.

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He also urged them to remain committed to broadening COVID-19 vaccinations and monitoring the people's movement so that they do not become complacent in response to the nationwide decline in COVID-19 cases.

They should cooperate with the police in carrying out humane monitoring and law enforcement in places where health protocol violations have been reported, he added.

"The relaxation within a number of sectors should still be monitored since COVID-19 cases have not yet disappeared. It (the virus) even continues to mutate," Soesatyo noted.

Furthermore, he requested that the government, through the Health Ministry, conduct whole-genome sequencing to detect any developing virus variant.

With this, preventive efforts can be undertaken to control the virus mutation, he elaborated.

The assembly chairman also asked citizens to ensure compliance with the health protocols and regulations on pandemic mitigation mandated by the government.

"It would require cooperation from all parties for optimal pandemic handling," he expounded.

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