Coronavirus Outbreak: We Must Remain Calm, Minister Says
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has urged the public to remain calm and to refrain from being reactive amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“Some of my colleagues abroad are appreciating Indonesia’s efforts in combating the spread of the virus,” Luhut told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (9/3).
According to Luhut, although the coronavirus outbreak has affected almost all countries around the globe, the South Korean automotive giant Hyundai is still scheduled to do a groundbreaking for its new factory in the West Java city of Bekasi early April.
“I hope the electronic giant LG will also do the groundbreaking of its lithium battery factory,” Luhut said, adding that for the realization of investment in Indonesia is still on track.
Furthermore, the Minister said the Government will also carry out a careful calculation of fiscal stimulus so that the country will not live beyond its means.
Currently, Luhut continued, industries in China have begun to produce raw material stocks gradually.
He also expressed hopes that by the end of this month, the production of raw materials from China will be at full speed after experiencing a slowdown due to the outbreak of the virus.
“However, there are predictions that the vaccine of coronavirus will be found within the next eight to nine months, meaning we must remain vigilant,” he added.
Luhut also urged the media not to quote incorrect information about coronavirus since the Government provides official press releases twice a day. (FID/EN)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Reviewed by: Muhammad Ersan Pamungkas