We remain anticipating (COVID-19 infection) by implementing health protocols
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) Puan Maharani has urged the people to always implement health protocols, particularly while in open public spaces, to anticipate the recent COVID-19 cases surge.

"We remain anticipating (COVID-19 infection) by implementing health protocols. In indoor spaces, we must use masks, and in outdoor spaces, health protocols must be applied," Maharani stated after flagging off a FunWalk organized by the Indonesian Police-affiliated organisation Police Sons and Daughters Family (KBPP) at Bung Karno Stadium here on Sunday.

The speaker also urged residents to remain vigilant against COVID-19 while reminding residents that COVID-19 still exists.

"Be vigilant because COVID-19 still exists," she said.

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Earlier, Coordinator of Expert Team and Government Spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling Wiku Adisasmito, in a virtual press conference here on Friday (July 1), informed that Indonesia has experienced a 620-percent spike in positive COVID-19 cases.

"If sorted by the highest percentage increase in weekly positive cases, Indonesia has the most significant increase, which is up by 620 percent in 28 days," Adisasmito explained.

According to him, after a sustained decline in cases over a long period, a national increase in positive cases was recorded as of June 28, 2022, which was followed by a spike in a number of countries.

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The developments in each country may vary due to their individual characteristics and patterns of COVID-19 control, he said.

In Indonesia alone, the number of daily cases continued to be above the two thousand-mark on two consecutive days, he noted.

The spokesperson advised vigilance as the holiday period for school students is currently on, which tends to increase people's movement to tourist attractions. In addition, community activities are also expected to increase ahead of Eid al-Adha.

“But, on the other hand, we must be vigilant, because there is an increase of more than 23 thousand cases in one month, indicating that the level of transmission in the community is increasingly widespread, and last year's July was the highest peak to more than one million cases in one month," he affirmed

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