Gov’t Optimizes “PeduliLindungi” App to Tackle Pandemic
The Government continues to expand and optimize PeduliLindungi digital platform as part of its long-term strategy in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 will change our lifestyle. In the future, the PeduliLindungi platform will continue to be used and expanded, so that adjustments are required to make it more accessible for all people,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Monday (30/08).
Luhut said that discipline in implementing health protocols (wearing face masks, keeping a distance, and washing hands), conducting massive tracing, testing, and treatment measures, as well as accelerating vaccination are important in tackling the pandemic.
“The implementation of health protocols based on PeduliLindungi digital platform is the key to avoid the tough situation we faced last July when cases surged significantly, our health systems were under immense pressure, and we had to implement the emergency restrictions policy with a major economic impact,” Luhut said.
The Government, he added, has tested the PeduliLindung application in several public sectors, including shopping centers, industry, sports facilities, and other sectors. As of August 29, data shows that the total number of people who have been screened by PeduliLindungi has reached 13.6 million.
“Of the total 13.6 million people, 462,000 of them are in the red category, so they are not allowed to enter the places or carry out activities,” Luhut said.
Luhut went on to say that in order to prevent COVID-19 transmission, the digital platform will be improved to prevent people who are confirmed positive (for COVID-19) from accessing public areas.
On that occasion, the Coordinating Minister said that in line with the increasingly controlled pandemic, the implementation of health protocols, and the continued use of PeduliLindungi platform, the Government has made adjustments in implementing activity restrictions policy. The adjustments are as follows:
First, the dine-in capacity in malls is increased to 50 percent and the malls’ operating hours are extended to 21.00.
Second, 1,000 restaurants outside mall and in closed spaces in Surabaya, Jakarta, Bandung, and Semarang will conduct a trial run and will be able to operate at a 25 percent capacity.
Third, all domestic-oriented industry (non-essential) and essential exports-oriented industry may operate 100 percent with the workers divided into two shifts. The industries must have an Industrial Activity Mobility and Operational Permit (IOMKI), obtain a recommendation from Ministry of Industry and use the PeduliLindung QR code.
“For the time being, critical [sectors] will be required to use the PeduliLindungi QR code starting September 7 next week,” Luhut remarked. (TGH/AIT/UN) (RI/MUR)