Government Extends PPKM Per Level Until October 18

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the government had again extended the PPKM policy per level. The extension will take place from October 5 to October 18, 2021.

He explained that the minimum requirement for vaccination coverage for the elderly in determining the PPKM level, which was implemented since September 13, 2021, was able to significantly increase the speed of vaccination for the elderly, especially in Java and Bali.

“In implementing the PPKM level for the next two weeks, there are still 20 districts/cities remaining at level 2, which is dominated by Semarang Raya and Solo Raya. Solo Raya is now at level 2,” said Luhut in a press teleconference in Jakarta, Monday (4/10).

Even so, there are still some areas that have decreased from level 2 to level 3 at the district/city level because they have not been able to increase the number of vaccination achievements for the elderly. The number of regencies/cities included in level 3 increased from 84 to 107. Jabodabek agglomeration areas such as Bogor district, Tangerang district, and Bekasi district also remained at level 3 due to a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine stocks.

To overcome this, he said, his party will form a task force that will ensure as many as two million vaccines can be allocated to these areas in the near future.

“Especially for Magelang, Greater Bandung, Malang Raya, Surabaya, the number of vaccinations has not reached the target so it remains at level 3, and there are three non-agglomerated regencies/cities that can go down to level 2, namely the city of Cirebon, Banjar and Madiun districts,” he said.

Meanwhile, said Luhut, the city of Blitar will conduct trials of implementing PPKM level 1 or approaching normal community activities. This trial was carried out because the city of Blitar had met several requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO), namely the coverage of the first dose of vaccination had touched the level of 70 percent and the coverage of the first dose for the elderly was 60 percent.

To monitor this level 1 PPKM policy, the government will continue to take a number of steps, namely: surveillance, testing, tracing and improvement of health protocol discipline. The government will also send a task force containing epidemiology experts to live in Blitar to monitor the PPKM level 1 trial.

“The government will carry out strict supervision by monitoring all community activities and activities in the Blitar city area so that we can respond if something is considered an emergency so that it does not develop wildly,” he said.

Easing in PPKM per Level

With the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which is claimed to be getting better, the government has again made various easing in the PPKM period per level, this time is the opening of a fitness center or fitness center with a maximum capacity of 25 percent with the implementation of strict procedures and the implementation of the PeduliLindung application, and the opening of food and beverage shops in cinemas with a maximum capacity of 50 percent for cinema visitors.

Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali.  (Photo: Mouab/ Nurhadi)

Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali. (Photo: Mouab/ Nurhadi)

In addition, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport will be opened for international arrivals on October 14, 2021. Every international passenger, he said, must include evidence booking hotel for a minimum of eight days quarantine at their own expense and a negative PCR test.

“The countries that we will open later consist of South Korea, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, then New Zealand (New Zealand, ed),” he said.

PPKM Outside Java and Bali

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto reported that the development of PPKM per level outside Java and Bali is also getting better. He explained that several provinces that experienced the most active cases of COVID-19 were Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

If viewed from the provincial level, there are no provinces outside Java and Bali that have implemented PPKM level 4. Meanwhile, he said, four provinces had level 3 status, 22 provinces had level 2 status and one province had level 1 status.

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto.  (Mouab)

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto. (Mouab)

“The extension of PPKM levels outside Java and Bali is proposed for the next two weeks, namely October 5-18 with coverage of six regencies/cities level 4, PPKM level 3 in 44 districts/cities, PPKM level 2 in 92 districts/cities, and PPKM level 2 in 92 districts/cities. level 1 which is located in 44 regencies/cities,” said Airlangga.

Strengthen Surveillance

On the same occasion, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said to oversee the process from pandemic to endemic, the government paid attention to several things, namely the implementation of health protocols or 5M, implementation surveillance or 3T, rapid and thorough implementation of vaccination and preparation of existing hospitals. According to him, the government is focused on strategies that are preventive in nature or prevention on the upstream side, namely health protocols, surveillance and vaccinations.

Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin.  (Mouab)

Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin. (Mouab)

In terms of implementing health protocols, his party continues to oversee the implementation of face-to-face learning (PTM) which has already begun so that students do not lose more time to learn directly from their teachers. In its implementation, the government conducts an active surveillance method for schools conducting PTM with the principle that 10 percent of schools conducting PTM in one district/city are conducted randomly. surveillance. Furthermore, tracking the case will be carried out to schools at the sub-district level where samples will be taken from 30 students and 30 teachers respectively.

When positivity rate of the schools above five percent, the schools will be temporarily closed for two weeks; if result positivity rate between 1 and 5 percent then one class with a positive confirmed case will be quarantined but another class in the same school can continue PT; and if positivity rate the school is below one percent, then only positive and close contacts will be quarantined.

Students wear masks while studying in a classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic at an elementary school in Jakarta, August 30, 2021.

Students wear masks while studying in a classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic at an elementary school in Jakarta, August 30, 2021.

“It is hoped that by implementing such discipline, we can identify or survey early if there are positive students and do not have to wait until it becomes big so we have to close the whole city. So the results in Jakarta are positive and we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and Culture to improve the quality of this surveillance,” said Budi.

Budi reported that in terms of vaccination coverage, as many as 94 million Indonesians had received the first dose. This number puts Indonesia in 5th place in the world. Meanwhile, according to him, based on the number of vaccine doses, with 148 million doses already injected, Indonesia is ranked 6th in the world. The government, he said, had managed to inject two million injections per day last September.

“We have received a total of 222 million vaccines, 193 million have been sent to the regions, 148 million have been injected. So the total stock we have is around 70 million, which is still quite a lot. Now we continue to talk about how to accelerate this vaccination,” he concluded. [gi/ab]

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