PPKM Policy Held in Java, Bali Relatively Under Control, Minister Says
The social activity restriction (PPKM) policy implemented in the islands of Java and Bali is relatively under control, according to Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
The Minister added that the success of the policy is shown by the number of COVID-19 cases that remains low and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that continues to slow down.
The number of cases is also decreasing by up to 99 percent since it reached the peak in the last July, he added.
“The implementation of the PPKM that is still under way in Java and Bali islands shows a relatively stable trend,” he said as quoted from the official website of Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Tuesday (30/11).
Nevertheless, although the COVID-19 trend in Java and Bali islands tends to be stable, Luhut said that the number of effective reproduction or national Rt is currently increasing.
In Java and Bali islands, the number has been increasing in 4-5 days in a row at the early period of Delta variant emergence, he added.
Luhut went on to say that based on assessment on 27 November 2021, there are 23 regencies / cities categorized at the Level 2 and eight regencies / cities categorized at the Level 1.
Based on assessment conducted by the World Health Organization, ten regencies / cities are going down to Level 2, including those in Jakarta greater area because of the decreasing number of tracing in agglomeration area of the greater Jakarta.
In the meantime, according to Google Mobility survey conducted in in Java and Bali islands and the shopping index, it is indicated that social mobility is fairly significant compared to the data collected in the 2020 Christmas and New Year holidays and the period before 2021 Eid al Fitri holidays.
“Therefore, we need to be very cautious about the indication of increasing cases and mobility, mainly in the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, so a tight social activity restriction is not necessarily needed,” he added.
This indication, Luhut added, must serve as a reminder for everyone to be more disciplined in implementing health protocols and 3T (tracing, testing, and treatment) and not to panic as well.
“Currently, our testing and tracing rate is even higher than that in November last year. Our vaccination rate has also reached above 60 percent compared to that in the 2020 when vaccination program had not started,” he added.
The Coordinating Minister also reminded the people about the importance of being disciplined in implementing health protocols by using PeduliLindungi application to handle COVID-19, including the new variant of Coronavirus.
“We need to be careful and cautious by tightening the health protocols that seems to be loosening up lately,” he remarked. (PR Office of Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs/UN) (AW/EP)