The two-pronged approach of implementing the vaccination program and restricting public mobility will effectually curb the spread of COVID-19, according to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.
“Among all European nations, two countries no longer record rising number of COVID-19 cases. The first is the country that has expanded its vaccination program, touching 30 percent to 40 percent of its total population,” Sadikin noted during a discussion conducted by Charta Politika on the topic “Policy Evaluation, Public Activity and the 2021-Quarter Political Map” here on Monday.
The COVID-19 infection rate in England, where the people’s mobility is commonly high as compared to Germany and France, is categorized as low due to its wide vaccination coverage, according to Sadikin.
In addition, the public’s mobility restriction implemented in European nations, such as Spain, has successfully slowed down the COVID-19 infection rate, he pointed out.
“For instance, Spain where the effects of COVID-19 were generally not severe due to its restricted mobility,” Sadikin noted.
Hence, he urged the regional administration head to restrict the people’s mobility by implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) or micro-scale activity restrictions (PPKM) while simultaneously conducting vaccination.
“I call to apply those two combinations of vaccination and public mobility restrictions. We have to be patient to prevent another rise in the number of COVID-19 cases,” he stated.
Source: Antara News