Religious events, public holidays still subject to the PPKM despite a downward trend – Informial

Information (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta ●
Fri 15 October 2021


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The government assessed the implementation of public activity restrictions (PPKM) in all regions on a weekly basis. This measure is part of efforts to maintain the downward trend in COVID-19 infections in the country, as well as to anticipate the risk of transmission during upcoming religious events and holidays.

COVID-19 Health Ministry spokeswoman Dr Siti Nadia Tarmizi said on Wednesday that cases and deaths had declined in the past two months.

“Weekly cases are down 23% from the previous week, while the death rate has dropped by 32%,” Nadia said. She added that bed occupancy rates (BORs) in isolation rooms in hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) were below 60% of capacity.

“This has made it possible to re-establish other medical services, with strict and disciplined application of health protocols,” she said.

Regarding the nationwide roll-out of immunization, Nadia said vaccine distribution averaged 2 million doses per day thanks to public and volunteer participation, as well as support. total from various public and private sectors, including Indonesian military, national police and business.

“Currently we have a supply of 10 types of vaccines that have emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency. [BPOM] and are listed on the WHO EUL, ”she said, referring to the World Health Organization’s emergency use list for COVID-19 vaccines. “These vaccines also have authorization from the Indonesian Ulema Council in the form of halal certification,” Nadia added.

The public should therefore not doubt the effectiveness of vaccines, she said, because the government has ensured that all vaccines for public use are safe and effective.

Nadia said Indonesia ranked fifth in the world for the number of fully immunized people and sixth in the world for total doses administered, while it ranked first in Southeast Asia on the index. Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery.

She also added that community mobility was increasing in interregional travel as well as in business and leisure centers, which was positive for the economic recovery. She also expected the public to contribute to the positive trend by maintaining discipline in adherence to health protocols.

“The government has discussed a plan to reopen Bali, Batam and Bintan, as well as scenarios for upcoming religious holidays,” Nadia said, referring to the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Christmas and New Year. “Guidelines for organizing religious celebrations, which were designed to anticipate the risk of transmission, have been published. “

Meanwhile, government COVID-19 spokesperson and New Habits Ambassador Dr Reisa Broto Asmoro acknowledged that several religious events she attended on October 8, 2021 in Sanur, Bali , had been a good learning opportunity on the organization of the public. events.

First, the local COVID-19 task force and security personnel should have full access to anticipate potential infections, including maintaining a safe distance. Second, all parties involved in an event, including attendees, should be screened and tested, with entry only granted to healthy and fully immunized people. Third, the official PeduliLindungi tracking app must be used at all entrances to the event, venues must provide hand washing facilities, and all participants must wear masks.

Continuing, Reisa said fourthly, organizers should put up strategic warning signs and make regular public announcements about adherence to health protocols during the event. Finally, constant monitoring of all organizers, workers and participants was mandatory. Monitoring is expected to show 100% negative COVID-19 results.

According to a report by the Bali COVID-19 task force, she said, the five days following Ngaben’s cremation ceremony did not detect any new infections.

“We are grateful to the extended families, the people of Sanur and all concerned who have proven that the adaptation has worked well. It proved that sanitary protocols can be adopted for a great religious ceremony, ”said Reisa.

Ahead of the upcoming Maulid and year-end holiday season, she continued, the government had ensured that mobility restrictions could be relaxed by improving transmission control, expanding vaccine coverage for the elderly, pushing to speed up childhood immunizations and anticipating international travelers. . It also bolstered local surveillance capacities, literacy of the COVID-19 community, and maintaining public compliance with health protocols.

Reisa said people must meet three requirements as part of the New Habits program: be vaccinated, wear masks in public, and not remove masks in public.

“The pandemic is still here. The virus still threatens our lives. But with the help of vaccines and health protocols, we can remove the risk so that it is as low as possible. “

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