Wearing masks to be enforced nationwide


Covering up: Municipal officers displaying placards encouraging people to wear face masks and maintain social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Banda Aceh. — AFP

THE government is currently preparing personnel from various institutions to jointly carry out an operation to ensure the implementation of a mask-wearing protocol in subdistricts and villages across Indonesia amid the current spike of confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The operation will involve personnel from the Indonesian military, the police, public order agencies, as well as prosecutors and judges.

Covid-19 Response and the nation’s economic recovery committee chairman Erick Thohir said president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo directed the country’s 83,000 subdistricts and villages be the forefront of Covid-19 management.

“Sometimes there is a perception that the government wants to carry out repressive actions,” Erick, who is also the state-owned enterprises minister, said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.id.

But Erick said community discipline was needed to increase given that Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases continued to rise.

He claimed that despite the case fatality rate continuing to fall from 9% in April to 4% in September, the figure was still higher than the global rate, which stands at 3.27%. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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