Indonesia should declare state of emergency over COVID-19: MUI

The Indonesian government has sufficient reasons for declaring a state of emergency over COVID-19

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Advisory Council has called on the Indonesian government to declare a state of emergency in the country over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on grounds of adequate reasons.

"The Indonesian government has sufficient reasons for declaring a state of emergency over COVID-19," Head of the MUI Advisory Council Din Syamsuddin noted in a press statement that ANTARA received in Jakarta on Thursday.

The virus has claimed at least 4,500 lives and infected over 120 thousand people worldwide. In Indonesia, 34 people have contracted COVID-19, and one has died of it, he remarked.

By taking into account this challenging reality, it becomes increasingly important for the government and the entire nation to demonstrate their sense of crisis and to remain honest and aware that the outbreak of this COVID-19 that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared to be a global pandemic has become a serious disaster, so it must not be downplayed, Syamsuddin emphasized.

Source: ANTARA News

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