President Jokowi Informs Leaders of Coalition Parties Declining Trend in COVID-19 Cases
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, on Wednesday (25/8), has said that the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia showed a declining trend compared to that time when the cases in the country reached its peak.
“Alhamdulillah, thank God, as of 24 August, the number of (COVID-19 daily cases) has declined to 19,000 cases from the previous 56,000 (at its peak). We are still striving to handle this. I had called a number of world leaders who have successfully flatten the curve and we’re trying to modify measures taken in these countries and apply it to handle the pandemic in Indonesia,” the President said in a meeting with leaders of coalition parties, at the State Palace.
He went on to say that Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) has shown a gradual decline from 80 percent in July to 30 percent on 24 August.
“We must be grateful for that. All sides including the TNI (Indonesian National Defense Forces), Polri (the Indonesian National Police), ([Central] Government, regional governments, and the public have cooperated,” he added.
Recovery rate also continues to increase to 89.97 percent, and it has successfully surpassed the global average recovery rate of 89.5 percent.
“We still have one more thing to be solved, the one that I always remind the Minister of Health and the regional governments, namely to lower mortality rate,” he stated.
Regarding vaccination rate, based on the number of people receiving the vaccine, Indonesia ranked 4th among 220 countries for COVID-19 vaccination after India, the United States, and Brazil. As of today, 58.7 million Indonesian people have been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, based on the number of vaccine doses administered to the people, Indonesia ranked 7th globally, placed behind Germany, Japan, Brazil, the United States, India, and China. So far, the country has administered 91.9 million doses of vaccines.
Also attending the meeting were, among others, Chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Megawati Soekarnoputri, Chairperson of the Gerindra Party Prabowo Subianto, Chairperson of the Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto, Chairperson of the National Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar, Chairperson of the Nasdem Party Surya Paloh, Chairperson of the United Development Party (PPP) Suharso Monoarfa, and Chairperson of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan.(PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARIAT /UN) (RAS/MMB)