Gov’t Extends PPKM Outside Java-Bali to March 14
Based on weekly pandemic situation and the rate of second dose of vaccination and first dose of vaccination for the elderly, the Government has announced it will extend the implementation of public activity restrictions (PPKM) outside the islands of Java and Bali from March 1 to 14.
“There are 3 regencies/cities in PPKM Level 1, 63 regencies/cities in Level 2, and 320 cities/regencies in Level 3,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said after attending a limited meeting on PPKM evaluation virtually, Sunday (02/27).
If only based on pandemic assessment situation in 386 regencies/cities outside Java-Bali, Airlangga stated that the number of cities/regencies with Level 4 and 3 has increased significantly. A total of 58 regencies/cities are in Level 4, 214 regencies/cities with Level 3, 111 regencies/cities with Level 2, and only 3 regencies/cities with Level 1.
Moreover, the vaccination rate of the first dose in the provinces of Maluku, Papua and West Papua is still below 70 percent of the target. Meanwhile, seven provinces had the second dose coverage below 50 percent, namely Central Sulawesi, Aceh, West Sulawesi, North Maluku, West Papua, Maluku, and Papua. As for the booster dose, the rate for all provinces outside Java-Bali is still below ten percent.
According to Airlangga, the Government will continue to speed up vaccination drive in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), especially in Lombok Island since the MotoGP will be held in Mandalika on March 18-20. He also added that the vaccination rate in Mataram reached 115 percent for the first dose and 84 percent for the second dose as well as in Central Lombok reached 91.5 percent for the first dose and 74 percent for the second dose.
“Overall, the vaccination rate in NTB for the first dose is 91.4 percent, the second dose is 65.3 percent, and the booster dose is 2.6 percent. In term of the number of cases, NTB has 3,200 cases while the bed occupancy rate (BOR) is 20 percent, still below the national level,” the Minister said.
In addition, the Government will adjust the spectator’s capacity of the MotoGP in accordance with the development of pandemic situation by reducing the audience capacity from 100 thousand to 60 thousand, he remarked. (TGH/UN) (GWH/MUR)