President Jokowi Tells State Apparatus to Balance Efforts in COVID-19 Handling
Date 23 November 2020
State apparatus must strike a balance in efforts to manage health sector and national economic recovery during the ongoing pandemic, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
“I would like to remind the Committee (Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery), Task Force (COVID-19 Handling Task Force), and all Governors to balance efforts in handling COVID-19 and managing the economy,” the President said in his remarks at the Limited Cabinet Meeting on Report of the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery, Monday (23/11).
President Jokowi also ordered state apparatus to make the best efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The measures (to prevent the spread of COVID-19) should be taken as early as possible. The preventive measures and intervention against potential activities that violate (health) protocols must be enforced firmly,” he said, adding that the strategy implemented by the Government in maintaining the balance of handling COVID-19 and economic recovery had shown results.
“The strategy to maintain the balance is starting to show results, especially in controlling COVID-19 and managing economic (recovery). As of 22 November, the average active case of COVID-19 across the country is 12.78 percent, lower than the global average of active cases 28.41 percent,” the President said.
The President further said that the recovery rate also shows a positive trend.
“Now it has reached 84.03 percent. This is also higher than the global recovery rate which reached 69.20 percent. We must continue to improve it,” the President said.
In the economic sector, the economic growth has also shown a positive trend.
“The economic growth has improved from minus 5.32 (percent) in the second quarter to minus 3.49 (percent) in the third quarter. We must continue to improve this so that in the fourth quarter it will be better,” the President concluded. (TGH/UN) (RI/EP)