Level of compliance with health protocols below 50%: task force

  Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) – Public adherence to the health protocols laid down by the government is still less than 50 per cent, Doni Monardo, head of the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling said, citing the results of a survey. “Some 95 percent of respondents understand the importance of (following) health protocols, such as wearing of masks, but the level of compliance is still below 50 percent. This is according to a survey conducted by several institutions,” Monardo said here on Thursday. Monardo, who is also heading the National…

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Task force’s countrywide COVID-19 risk mapping serves as reference

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The COVID-19 Handling Task Force conducts countrywide risk mapping of the disease that has served as an official reference for the government to design COVID-19 response policies, according to its spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito. Risk mapping is conducted by using 15 indicators pertaining to epidemiology, surveillance, and public health services. Adisasmito made the statement during a virtual press conference from the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday in response to the polemic over Surabaya’s claim to have improved its status to a COVID-19 green zone. The spokesman…

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COVID-19 a test for multilateralism: Foreign Minister

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, has said the COVID-19 pandemic has been a test for multilateralism and has created challenges to cooperation among countries. “Weakening trust in multilateralism is one of the global trends we observe in the post-COVID-19 world,” she said at an online seminar organized by The Jakarta Post newspaper on Thursday. She said she believed the increasing struggle faced by multilateral institutions in responding to increasingly complex global challenges, including the pandemic, must be acknowledged. At the same time, countries have gradually raised their…

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Prepare for safe simultaneous regional elections amid COVID-19: Jokowi

    Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has reminded that the simultaneous regional head elections (pilkada), scheduled on December 9, 2020, must be held safely to prevent COVID-19 transmission. “As the elections will be held in the midst of the pandemic, we hope it will remain democratic, ‘luber’ (direct, public, free, confidential), ‘jurdil’ (fair and just), and most importantly safe from COVID-19,” President Jokowi remarked at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on “Preparations for Simultaneous Regional Head Elections.” The elections must…

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Jokowi highlights importance of enforcing health protocols in Pilkada

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo stressed on the significance of enforcing health protocols across all stages of this year’s simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada) to ensure a fair and peaceful democratic process and no new COVID-19 clusters. “Of course, this is a new momentum to demonstrate a new approach to holding the simultaneous regional elections and an innovative way for both organizers and participants to practice democracy amid this COVID-19 pandemic situation,” he noted here on Wednesday. At a virtual meeting held to discuss preparations for organizing the simultaneous…

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Ensure high voter turnout in local elections amid COVID-19: President

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on related ministries and the General Elections Commission (KPU) to impose stringent health protocols to attain maximum participation rate in this year’s simultaneous regional elections on Dec 9. “Most importantly, we must be able to convince voters that the KPU and government are highly concerned about public health and safety,” he stated at a virtual meeting held to discuss preparations for the 2020 regional elections at the Merdeka Palace here Wednesday. In the midst of this novel coronavirus disease outbreak, several…

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