Gov’t Extends PPKM Outside Java-Bali to 22 November

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung attends a limited meeting on public activity restrictions (PPKM) evaluation, Monday (08/11). (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Rahmat)

In a bid to continue to control COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to extend the implementation of public activity restrictions (PPKM) outside the islands of Java and Bali from 9 to 22 November 2021.

“PPKM outside Java-Bali is extended from 9 November to 22 November 2021 or for two weeks,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said after attending a limited meeting on PPKM evaluation led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Monday (08/11).

Airlangga pointed out that based on the weekly pandemic situation assessment, none of the 27 provinces outside Java-Bali is at level 4 and level 3, 22 provinces are at level 2, and 5 provinces are at level 1.

As for regencies/cities, there are 151 regencies/cities with level 1 assessment, 231 regencies/cities at level 2, 4 regions at level 3, and none is at level 4.

Furthermore, the Coordinating Minister stated that based on the vaccination coverage, only six provinces outside Java-Bali have administered the first dose more than the national coverage, namely 60.11 percent.

“Based on vaccination, only 6 provinces exceeded the national [achievement], namely Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, and North Sulawesi. Meanwhile, other provinces’ is still below the national [achievement],” he said.

Therefore, Airlangga stated that the criteria for determining PPKM level in this period include not only the assessment level of pandemic situation but also first dose vaccination coverage, adding that the regions with a coverage lower than 50 percent will have their PPKM assessment increased by one level.

“As many as 156 regencies/cities’ assessment is at level 2. Since their vaccination is below 50 percent, it was increased to level 3. Therefore, the total [regions implementing PPKM] level 3 are 160 regencies/cities. In addition, there are a total of 175 regencies/cities at level 2 and 51 regencies/cities at level 1,” he said.

He went on to say that the WHO situation report on 3 November 2021 shows that all provinces in Indonesia have low community transmission rate or at level 1.

“If we see the report from Nikkei, Indonesia ranked 41st, the ranking increased from the previous 54th place. Indonesia is the highest [ranking] in ASEAN,” he said.

As of 7 November 2021, the number of national active cases was 10,825 cases or 0.3 percent below the global rate at 7.4 percent. Meanwhile, the number of active cases outside Java-Bali was 5,566 cases or 0.4 percent of the total cases, decreased by 97.5 percent from the peak of active cases outside Java-Bali on 6 August.

“[The number of] daily confirmed [cases] is 159 cases with a downward trend, dropped by 99.5 percent from the peak on 6 August. The [number of] active cases outside Java-Bali takes up 51.42 percent of the total national cases,” Airlangga said.

Spatially, the recovery rate (RR) in Sumatra island reached 96.13 percent, with the case fatality rate (CFR) at 3.57 percent and a 98.02 percent drop in active cases compared to 9 August. Nusa Tenggara islands had an RR of 97.41 percent, a CFR of 1.75 percent, and a 90.26 percent drop in cases.

Kalimantan island reached 96.55 percent RR, 3.17 percent CFR, and a 97.90 percent drop in cases. Sulawesi island had 97.10 percent RR, 2.63 percent CFR, and a 98.16 percent drop in cases. Finally, Maluku and Papua islands reached an RR of 96.07 percent, a CFR of 1.75 percent, and a 90.26 percent drop in cases.

In his press statement, Airlangga also pointed out that the realization of national economic recovery (PEN) program as of 5 November 2021 has reached Rp456.35 trillion or 61.3 percent of the ceiling of Rp744.77 trillion.

“The health cluster has reached Rp126.65 trillion or 58.9 percent. The social protection cluster has reached Rp132.49 trillion or 72.4 percent. The priority cluster [has reached] Rp72.59 trillion or 61.6 percent. MSME and corporation support cluster [has reached] Rp63.45 trillion or 39.1 percent, and business incentive cluster has reached 97.4 percent or Rp61.17 trillion,” he said.

Closing his press statement, the Coordinating Minister also unveiled that Indonesia’s economy continues to show a positive growth trend and the Government remains upbeat that the economy up to the end of 2021 will record a growth of around 3.7-4 percent (full year-on-year).

“We noticed that the economic resilience, including from the aspects of foreign exchange reserves, balance of trade, and composite stock price index as well as exchange value fluctuation, has remained relatively stable,” he remarked. (TGH/UN) (DH/MUR)

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