New task force's circular emphasizes COVID-19 pandemic not over yet

New task force's circular emphasizes COVID-19 pandemic not over yet

Main Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Abraham Wirotomo. ANTARA/HO-ksp.go.id/pri.

To support economic recovery, we must control the spread of COVID. This is the spirit of the issuance of the circular
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The newly issued circular of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force regarding health protocols on large-scale events emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Main Expert Staff Abraham Wirotomo stated.

According to Wirotomo, strict health protocols are implemented during large-scale offline events to control the spread of COVID-19.

"To support economic recovery, we must control the spread of COVID. This is the spirit of the issuance of the circular," he stated in a press release here on Thursday.

Wirotomo affirmed that the KSP had heard the recommendations of experts and health workers regarding efforts to improve the people's compliance with health protocols and booster vaccination coverage in facing the new subvariants of Omicron.

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The government, doctors, health workers, WHO, and experts have frequently reminded the community of the importance of getting the booster shot, he stated.

Abraham also revealed that the KSP had received various suggestions to encourage the acceleration of booster vaccines, including the possibility of no longer providing free hospital treatment for those exposed to COVID-19 if they had not taken the second and booster vaccine doses.

"We are still studying the suggestion," he stated.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force issued Circular Number 20 of 2022 concerning Health Protocols for the Implementation of Large-Scale Events that is a follow up to the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic situation as well as the recovery of the national economy, specifically by reopening large-scale events that are productive and safe from COVID-19.

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Large-scale events are national-level or international-level events that are attended by more than one thousand offline participants at the same time and place as well as those that involve representatives from other countries.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. According to data from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of June 23, 2022, the nation had recorded 6,072,918 COVID-19 cases, 5,904,825 recoveries, and 156,702 deaths.


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