Jakarta (ANTARA) - The utilization of the PeduliLindungi application on Java and Bali islands has declined quite significantly, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment and coordinator of Java-Bali public activity restrictions (PPKM), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has revealed.

"This week, 74 percent of district and cities in Java and Bali experienced a downward trend in the use of the PeduliLindungi check-in (feature) compared to last week," he said at an online press conference here on Monday.

In addition, ahead of this Christmas and New Year, the weekly trend of people using the check-in feature in the PeduliLindungi application in the transportation, shopping center, and recreation sectors has experienced a downward trend, he added.

For that reason, the minister asked all ranks of regional governments to take firmer action regarding the use of the PeduliLindungi application.

"I urge all regional governments and stakeholders to massively enforce the use of PeduliLindungi in those three sectors to ensure those who do their activities in public (places) are healthy," Pandjaitan said.

He also reminded the public to remain vigilant amid the Christmas and New Year holidays.

"I always appeal to the community to always remember that COVID-19 has not ended yet. We never know how our small mistake could bring us back to dark times like a few months ago," he added.

The minister also asked the public not to be complacent about the current COVID-19 situation in the country. The reason is that no one knows what will happen in the future that carelessness and negligence can cause, he added.

"I will never get tired of reminding the public always to follow the health protocols. The slightest negligence and carelessness will, in fact, bring us back to the dark experiences of the past," he stressed.

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Translator: Ade Irma, Raka Adji
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