Gov’t Revokes PPKM Policy
The Indonesian Government Friday (12/30) decided to lift the public activity restriction enforcement (PPKM).
“Today, the Government decided to revoke PPKM policy as stipulated in Minister of Home Affairs Instructions Numbers 50 and 51 of 2022. Therefore, there are no more restrictions on crowds and people’s mobility,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stated at the State Palace, Jakarta.
According to the President, the decision was made after thorough and careful deliberations as well as extensive studies while taking into account the recent pandemic situation in the country.
“Alhamdulillah, Indonesia is one of successful countries in both handling the pandemic and maintaining economic stability. The balanced policy—which is proven effective in managing health and economic affairs—is the key to our success,” he said.
Citing Ministry of Health’s data, President Jokowi mentioned as of Tuesday (12/27), COVID-19 daily case is 1.7 cases per million people, weekly positivity rate is 3.35 percent, bed occupancy rate (BOR) is 4.79 percent, and mortality rate is 2.39 percent.
“The numbers are all below the standards set by the WHO. Also, all regencies/cities in Indonesia are currently imposing PPKM Level 1, which is the lowest restrictions level,” the President added.
Indonesia, President Jokowi continued, is one of four G20 countries which has not experienced pandemic wave for 10 consecutive months after reaching peak of the COVID-29 variant wave with 56 thousand daily cases in July 2021 and the Omicron variant in February 2022 with 64 thousand daily cases.
On the occasion, the President stated that the PPKM revocation is also based on the high coverage of the people’s immunity and COVID-19 vaccination. “According to a sero survey, it was 87.8 percent in December last year and 98.5 percent in July 2022. It means that our immunity as a community is at a very high level. And the number of vaccinations to date is 448,525,478 doses,” he asserted.
The Head of State also urged the people to continue wearing masks in crowds and indoor spaces as well as to get booster vaccinations to increase immunity.
“Also, in this transitional period, the Central and regional COVID-19 Task Forces are still retained to respond to the rapid spread,” he concluded. (TGH/UN) (GWH/HD/LW)