Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Health Office has assured that face-to-face learning will continue to be implemented in schools in the city since the rate of COVID-19 transmission in schools is still categorized as low.

"The ratio of positive cases in the education sector is still below 5 percent, namely less than 1.3 percent. So, there is no need for (implementing) online (learning)," head of public health at the Jakarta Health Office, Friana Asmely, explained here on Wednesday.

The policy is in accordance with the joint decree (SKB) of four ministers regarding face-to-face learning, she said.

According to her, face-to-face learning will be temporarily suspended for 14 days if COVID-19 transmission is detected in an education unit, with the rate of positive cases reaching 5 percent or higher.

The Health Office is supervising health protocols at education units through the community health center (puskesmas) and the Health Sub-Department in each region.

"Thus, we do not only wait but teams from puskesmas of sub-districts will directly be deployed if there is a (COVID-19) positive case in the school to find close contacts of the infected student to carry out tracing," she further informed.

Earlier, the Jakarta provincial government had closed the Jakarta 85 State Junior High School in Cilandak, South Jakarta, for ten days from July 18–28, 2022, after three students were confirmed positive for COVID-19.

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 Wednesday, the nation has recorded 6,185,311 COVID-19 cases, 5,982,347 recoveries, and 156,940 deaths.

As for Jakarta, the task force data showed that as of Wednesday, the province has recorded 1,319,870 COVID-19 cases, 1,281,386 recoveries, and 15,381 deaths. (

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