Record Zero Deaths Due to COVID-19, Jakarta Residents Are Called to Stay Alert

After previously being the area with the largest center for the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia, Jakarta can finally breathe a sigh of relief because on Thursday (7/10) the Capital Region recorded zero deaths from the virus.

This achievement was conveyed by the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, who said that in the last 24 hours since Wednesday (6/10) at 18.00 WIB, there was no request for funeral services with COVID-19 fixed procedures in the Jakarta area.

“WL!. Zero deaths today is by no means a celebration, as the pandemic is clearly not over. This is a reminder that, with the permission of Allah SWT and for the efforts of all of us, a day without the death of COVID-19 is possible to achieve,” Anies said in his Instagram account, Thursday (7/10) night.

Even so, Anies emphasized that the struggle has not stopped. All parties must continue to strive to keep more days where there are no deaths due to the spread of this corona virus outbreak.

“We have experienced difficult conditions, even very hard in last July. Let’s not go back to that point,” he said.

People wearing protective masks sit during rush hour at a train station amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Jakarta, September 13, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

People wearing protective masks sit during rush hour at a train station amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Jakarta, September 13, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

Must Be Consistent

Epidemiologist from Australia’s Griffith University Dicky Budiman said the achievements achieved by Jakarta showed an improvement in strengthening strategies from upstream to downstream in handling the pandemic. Even so, he said that the strategy implemented can be said to be successful if the achievement can be maintained consistently.

“Of course it will be seen whether the (zero death rate) persists or not? Actually, if it has been 28 days (the achievement) has settled (with) the condition of no (new) cases, (and) no deaths, (new) it can be done. confidence (to say that there have been) significant improvements,” he told FLY.

Griffith University Epidemiologist, Australia, Dicky Budiman, in the screenshot.  (Photo: Mouab/Nurhadi Sucahyo)

Griffith University Epidemiologist, Australia, Dicky Budiman, in the screenshot. (Photo: Mouab/Nurhadi Sucahyo)

“But if it’s less than two weeks, we still can’t confirm. But that there is progress, yes, but the potential for ups and downs is still there and this of course must demand caution,” he added.

Furthermore, Dicky explained, the claim that the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Indonesia was under control could not be confirmed. This is because the pandemic situation at the global level is still dynamic, especially since many countries are currently experiencing a third wave which will certainly have an impact on the conditions and situation of the pandemic in the country. That way, according to him, it is possible that the spread of the corona virus outbreak in the capital city could increase again.

“This situation will affect Indonesia, especially Jakarta, which is a very active area hub for many areas. People come in and out of many areas, and the problem is that those who live in Jakarta come from various regions, this can make Jakarta have the potential to become a third wave,” he explained.

Don’t Dissolve in Euphoria

The spokesman for the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, asked the public to be prepared to live side by side with the Corona virus (Photo: Mouab)

The spokesman for the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, asked the public to be prepared to live side by side with the Corona virus (Photo: Mouab)

Meanwhile, Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Task Force (Satgas) Prof Wiku Adisasmito claimed that Indonesia was quite good at overcoming the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is evidenced by the decline in cases for 11 consecutive weeks. In addition, with various policies that have been taken, according to him, the government has succeeded in suppressing the spike in cases in the second wave within two months.

Even so, Wiku still reminded all parties not to be careless in implementing health protocols in order to avoid the threat of a third wave due to mobility and community activities which are slowly but surely returning to normal. To prevent this, Indonesia continues to learn from the successful experiences of several countries that quickly overcome the second and third spikes, such as India, Japan, Vietnam and Turkey.

A masked man pedals a bicycle through the main road during the easing of restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jakarta, July 28, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

A masked man pedals a bicycle through the main road during the easing of restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jakarta, July 28, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

“The speed and accuracy of handling COVID-19 carried out by a country indicates the resilience of its health system, as well as the adaptability of all levels of society to health problems,” said Wiku.

Learning from the experiences of these countries, the Indonesian people are asked not to experience excessive euphoria regarding the decline in COVID-19 cases. Wiku asked the public to remain disciplined in implementing health protocols.

He gave an example, residents in India felt safe and returned to their activities without implementing health protocols. As a result, there was a sharp spike in cases and death rates in the second wave.

“Because of this euphoria, the vaccination rate tends to decrease compared to the first spike in cases. The steps to handle it are by increasing testing, re-implementing mandatory masks, intensifying vaccinations, and implementing a lockdown,” he said.

Wiku warns that the potential for an increase in cases will always exist. Therefore, he said that cooperation from all parties is needed, namely all elements of society and the government in order to monitor all community activities that have the potential to increase transmission, such as religious, tourism, economic and social activities.

People eat dinner at a street food tent during the easing of PPKM amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jakarta, July 28, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

People eat dinner at a street food tent during the easing of PPKM amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jakarta, July 28, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

“The opening of tourism activities mainly to foreign tourists needs to be carried out with the principle of prudence. Preparation for the opening of the country’s entrance requires careful preparation starting from the process screening strict travellers, and ensure that health protocols are strictly implemented, starting from transportation, lodging, to tourism objects both by tourists and local communities, “said Wiku.

“Local governments must control and supervise lest the opening of the tourism sector causes a spike in cases,” he concluded. [gi/rs]

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