Task force confirms 7,664 command posts nationwide to handle COVID-19

Until March 28, Indonesia had 7,664 command posts established by authorities in 15 provinces to impose micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro).

The 7,664 command posts are in charge of prevention measures for 12,619,259 households in 193,550 neighborhood units, according to Indonesia’s COVID-19 Task Force.

“We laud this achievement since the more command posts we have, the more people can be protected,” the task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, stated here on Friday.

Most of the command posts are established in rural and neighborhood areas in Central Java Province, according to Adisasmito.

In Central Java, the task force recorded 2,665 command posts that serve four million households, while the second-largest number of command posts are available in East Java.

The province has 2,249 command posts that serve over three million households, he stated, adding that the presence of command posts is quite helpful.

In averting a spike in the infection rate, five provinces — South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara — have recently enforced the PPKM-Mikro. To this end, they have also set up command posts.

Notable progress was apparent in West Nusa Tenggara where 68 command posts were established to serve over 100 thousand households, Adisasmito remarked.

“This is a good trend in our COVID-19 mitigation efforts in various regions,” he stated.

The PPKM-Mikro policy has been enforced for eighth weeks, but all regions must exercise caution in the wake of potential threats of COVID-19 transmission, he remarked.

As of April 1, 2021, Indonesia recorded 6,142 new confirmed cases over the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the total count of positive cases to 121,222.

Indonesia has been striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since the government officially announced the country’s first cases on March 2, 2020.

The government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year to stem the spread of the disease.

The Health Ministry estimates a time period of 15 months to vaccinate some 181.5 million people under the national program.

“We need 15 months to accomplish it. The time frame for conducting the vaccination is counted from January 2021 to March 2022,” the Health Ministry’s spokesperson for the vaccination program, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, stated recently.

During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate some 181.5 million people, including 1.3 million paramedics and 17.4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces, she informed.

Tarmizi noted that the first phase of the government’s immunization program is divided into two periods: January-April 2021 and April 2021-March 2022.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has affirmed that all TNI personnel will participate in this vaccination program.

Indonesia’s COVID-19 infection rate crossed one million cases on January 26, 2021.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has dragged Indonesia into serious public health and economic crises.


Source: Antara News

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