Jokowi Claims Government Covid Response Fruitful

JAKARTA : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo claimed Thursday government response in the coronavirus pandemic has produced results as the country beats the global average in terms of recovery rate and the proportion of active cases, despite recent record-breaking daily numbers of newly cases.

Indonesia has recorded nearly 550,000 confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began. It has beaten its own record in daily count four times throughout November, when one-day figure of cases began to pass the 5,000 mark, and even exceeded 6,000 three days ago.

President Joko Widodo (Antara Photo)

“We have been working hard for the last nine months to tackle the pandemic. The hard works have delivered results because we now have a smaller percentage of active cases than the global average — 12.72 percent against 28.04 percent,” the president said in the opening speech during Bank Indonesia’s annual gathering held through video conference.

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Jokowi said 84.02 percent of Covid patients in Indonesia have either been cured or discharged from hospitals, beating the global average of 69.56 percent.

The contraction of the economy has rebounded from the bottom, from minus 5.32 percent in the second quarter to minus 3.49 percent in the third, he added.

“That means we have been past the bottom and the turning point to move to the right direction. I believe that we are now heading into the positive territory from the fourth quarter onward,” he said.

His remarks came as seven-day average of newly coronavirus cases hitting a new high for the last nine consecutive days spurred by resurgence in cases in Jakarta, East Java and West Java and a dramatic surge in Central Java.

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Combined cases from the four provinces in the country’s most crowded island of Java account for 57 percent of the national tally.

Daily numbers are still above 100 in other key hotspots such as Riau, West Sumatra, East Kalimantan and Banten, while South Sulawesi and Bali have recently reported an uptick in newly cases.

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The virus has killed 17,199 people in Indonesia, according to the government data released on Wednesday.

The seven-day average of coronavirus-related deaths is currently at the highest level since the outbreak, standing at 139.

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Jokowi also warned against a “second wave” of infections that could undermine the hard works in the last nine months.

“We must remain vigilant and be disciplined in implementing the health protocol,” the president said.

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