President Jokowi Tells Cabinet to Warn, Assist Regions With Rising COVID-19 Cases

President Jokowi leads Plenary Cabinet Session, Wednesday (17/11) at the Presidential Office in Jakarta. (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Agung)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered his Cabinet to continue measures to curb COVID-19 transmission.

The President made the statement during the Plenary Cabinet Session at the Presidential Office, Wednesday (17/11).

“Let me underscore several matters for us to pay attention to. In the health sector, we must be focused on lowering the number of daily and active cases,” he said, adding that related institutions must pay attention to regions that have seen even the slightest increase in the number of cases.

“Once again, provinces with increasing number of cases, albeit only a slight increase, must be warned and assisted and backed up so that the number of cases can drop again. The same goes with regencies and cities. We must look thoroughly because all of our data is complete. Help them to suppress the number of cases so that the number can decline,” he said.

For the record, the number of active cases in Indonesia is currently below 9,000 with the addition of 300-400 daily cases.

Nevertheless, the President ordered his Cabinet to remain vigilant as the number of cases in several countries is rising.

“We are aware that in the United States, the number of daily cases has gone back up to 70,000. In the United Kingdom it’s 39,000. In Russia it’s 38,000. In Germany it’s 30,000. We must be vigilant to avoid this occurrence in our country,” he remarked. (DND/UN) (DH/EP)

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