102 areas with zero Covid-19 cases in Indonesia allowed to start 'new normal'


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  • Monday, 01 Jun 2020

Farmers work in a padi field in Japakeh, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on May 31, 2020. Aceh is one of the green zones that will be allowed to observe the new normal. - AFP

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Some 100 regencies and municipalities labelled as green zones and have not been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak can start “new-normal” measures, the government has announced.

“President [Joko 'Jokowi; Widodo] ordered the national Covid-19 task force to allow 102 regions to conduct productive and safe public activities, ” task force chief Doni Monardo said in a televised conference on Saturday (May 30).

These include 14 areas in Aceh, 15 in North Sumatra, three in Riau Islands, four in South Sumatra, 14 in East Nusa Tenggara, one in Central Java, five in Southeast Sulawesi and 17 in Papua. They have recorded zero cases of Covid-19.

Areas categorised as yellow zones have a low Covid-19 risk, orange zones have a moderate Covid-19 risk and red zones a high risk of the disease.

Still, Doni urged the Covid-19-free areas to maintain strict health protocols to further prevent transmission.

He added that cities and agencies that decide to reopen and resume economic activities must involve experts, the medical sector and prominent community figures in their decision-making process.

According to the Covid-19 task force’s expert staff chief, Wiku Adisasmito, the 102 regencies and cities have fulfilled the government’s criteria for reopening.

For a region to reopen and loosen large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), they must meet 11 indicators.

“We are using criteria from epidemiologists, as well as public health surveillance and health services, with recommendations from the World Health Organization, ” Wiku said.

The indicators for public health services as recommended by the WHO included decreasing the number of positive cases within two weeks after the latest peak, decreasing the death toll from positive cases and probable cases, decreasing the number of positive patients treated in hospitals, an increasing number of recovered patients and a less than 5 per cent positivity rate (out of 5 per cent positive samples). - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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