Gov’t to Impose Emergency PPKM in Java, Bali on 3-20 July
The Indonesian Government has announced it will impose an emergency public activity restriction (PPKM Darurat) in the islands of Java and Bali from 3 to 20 July 2021 following the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“I have decided to impose an emergency PPKM from 3 to 20 July 2021, specifically in Java and Bali,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (01/07).
The Government made the policy after a thorough study and substantial inputs from ministers, health experts, and regional heads.
This policy also bears importance in the safety of the Indonesian nation in the ongoing spike of COVID-19 cases.
“As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic in the last few days has developed very rapidly. This is due to a new variant which is also a serious problem in many countries. This situation requires us to take more decisive steps so that we can curb the spread of COVID-19 together,” the President said.
The President also said that during the emergency PPKM, stricter restrictions on community activities would be in place.
“In detail, on the arrangement of the emergency PPKM, I have ordered Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment to explain as clearly as possible regarding this restriction,” he said.
The Government, the President added, will also use all available resources to work hand in hand in overcoming the spread of COVID-19.
“All state apparatus, (including) the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), the National Police (Polri), state civil apparatus, doctors, and medical personnel, must work hand in hand and do it as well as possible to deal with this pandemic. Ministry of Health has also continued to increase the capacity of hospitals, centralized isolation facilities, as well as the availability of medicines, medical devices, and oxygen tanks,” he said.
The President also urged the people to remain calm and alert, while complying with the imposed regulations in a disciplined manner.
“I appeal to all Indonesian people to remain calm and alert, to comply with existing regulations, to be disciplined in implementing health protocols, and to support the work of government officials and volunteers in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. With good cooperation from all of us and with God’s blessing, God Almighty, I believe we can suppress the spread of COVID-19 and restore people’s lives immediately,” he remarked. (TGH/UN) (FI/EP)