Jakarta The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia burgeoned significantly over the past 2.5 months, Doni Monardo, the Task Force head for COVID-19 Handling, concurrently the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) head, stated.
"Last November, our active cases were the lowest, at 12.2 percent, and cumulatively, 54 thousand people (were infected). However, today or yesterday, the number of our active cases reached 123 thousand. This indicates an over twofold increase, or to be precise 122 percent," Monardo remarked while welcoming the arrival of 15 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine from China at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten Province, on Tuesday.
Indonesia will commence vaccination against COVID-19 by administering the Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday (Jan 13), with President Joko Widodo receiving the first shot.
The BNPB head noted that the vaccination program must run smoothly, with strict public discipline being ensured in applying health protocols. "The discipline must not stop only for us, but it must be promoted continuously, so other people will follow," he remarked.
Following an increase in COVID-19 cases, the government, in line with President Widodo’s directives, has increased the availability of hospitals, ICU, and isolation rooms, he stated.
However, such efforts would suffice only if supported by the people and local governments in applying health protocols strictly to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, Monardo emphasized.
"I urge the entire nation to increase adherence to health protocols since it is the key to breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission," he added.
Source: Antara News