Gov’t Extends PPKM Outside Java, Bali Islands to 28 February 2022

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 14 Februari 2022
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Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto (Photo by: PR/Rahmat)

The Indonesian Government has announced that it extends public activity restrictions (PPKM) in regions outside the islands of Java and Bali from 15 to 28 February.

“The criteria (on the implementation of PPKM level) are based on the assessment level of the pandemic situation, be it community transmission, including numbers of cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and response capacity (testing, tracing, and treatment),” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said after a limited meeting on PPKM evaluation, Monday (02/14).

The Coordinating Minister also highlighted that the rate for second dose vaccination should be at least 45 percent and the rate for the elderly’s first dose should be at least 60 percent. Regencies/cities that do not meet the criteria will have their PPKM level increased by one level.

Based on these criteria, out of 386 regencies/cities, 63 regencies/cities will implement Level 1 PPKM; 205 regencies/cities will implement Level 2 PPKM; and 118 regencies will implement Level 3 PPKM. Previously, 164 regencies/cities were implementing Level 1 PPKM; 208 regencies/cities were implementing Level 2 PPKM; and only 14 regencies/cities were implementing Level 3 PPKM.

Airlangga stated that the change in the PPKM level criteria was an anticipatory measure to deal with the potential spike in cases of the Omicron variant in the next 2-3 weeks.

He said that currently there are still three provinces where the rate of the first dose of vaccination is still below 70 percent, namely Maluku, West Papua, and Papua provinces. As for the second dose, there are ten provinces with a rate below 50 percent, namely the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara, South Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, North Maluku, Aceh, West Papua, Maluku, and Papua.

“The Government, according to the President’s directives, is ordered to continue to speed up vaccination, especially outside Java and Bali, both for the second dose and the booster shot,” he stated.

Airlangga also went on to say that the effective reproductive number (Rt) in Indonesia has increased in the past week. It rose to 1.13 and occurred across all islands.

Although the proportion of cases outside Java and Bali islands is still relatively low at 13.9 percent of the national active cases, the Coordinating Minister underscored that there has been a significant spike recently.

“There has been a spike since January, 24. We will monitor the next 2-3 weeks, the number is likely to increase again, because as we know, it is usually slower than Java and Bali,” he explained.

Along with the increase in daily cases, the level of treatment in hospitals outside Java and Bali islands also increased in 10 provinces and 15 regencies/cities. However, Airlangga said that although the spike in cases was higher than during the Delta wave, the bed occupancy rate (BOR) for COVID-19 patients in hospitals was still relatively under control.

“The (national BOR) is still relatively low at 30.52 percent. The BOR for all provinces outside Java and Bali islands is less than 20 percent, except for South Sumatra with 30 percent, West Papua with 25 percent, South Kalimantan with 23 percent, North Sulawesi with 23 percent, and Bengkulu with 21 percent,” he said, adding that the BOR in centralized isolation facilities is also still under control at 2.88 percent.

As anticipation, the Government will prepare 2-3 times more beds in the facilities compared to that of the previous Delta wave. “Between 69,000-91,000 beds as a mitigation measure,” he said. (FID/UN) (FI/MMB)

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