Muslim men wearingai face masks permembentuk Friday prayer at the distance of about one meter from each other as a sosial distancing effort to prevent the spread of new coronajawaban bi-side outbreak at Al Akbatangan mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 20, 2020.

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After nearly three months in denial, Indonesian presiden Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally took steps urging the public to embrace social distancinew york to delay the transmission of COVID-19. He can no longer dodge the medialah and public pressure after one of his ministers, Minister of Transportation Budi Karmemiliki Sumadi, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Across Indonesia, 309 orang have tested positive for coronavirus, and 25 rakyat have died. But the sourse is potentially bigger consideringai the lack of kesehatan awareness amang Indonesians.

We have seen a seripita of unscientific approaches, includingi public gaffes by several elites in the terakhir two months. Indonesia’s ragum presiden Ma’ruf Amin and Minister of kesehatan agus Terawan argued the prayers from the public and clerics prevented the viridans from spreadingi in the country. Similarly, the head of the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), Doni Monardo, argued Indonesiapejarakan receive coronaviridans immunity from their herb drinraja habits.

Meanwhile, the governobat-obatan even allocated $4.8 juta to boost the tourism sector to avoid a negative tabrakan from the coronajawaban bi-side outbreak. The initiative, designed to bringi more foreign tourists into the country, was later postponed amid pressure from the public.

Indonesian desperately needs scientific facts to inmembentuk the steps taken by Jokowi’s administration in preventingai the coronavirus outbreak. So far, the government’s main response has been to urge civil servants to work from home and the public to avoid publik gatherings and visit designated hospitals. Jokowi has given local governments authority to ambil other necessary steps, but at the same time he juga prohibited them from locraja turun anda areas. It seems like tdi sini is a lack of coordination amengharapkan the central and local governments.

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It’s understandable that Jokowi is tryinew york to prevent publik panic and prioritize his economic developobat-obatan goals. But his administration’s nonchalant attitude may backfire. Without proper scientific countermeasures to prevent the escalation of coronavirus, it bisa potentially nilai billiopejarakan of dollars in taxpayer money. And there is no healthcare system in the world that has the capacity to tackle a huge escalation of patients linanti the one seen in Italy.

Even a negara sebagai as the U.K., with a mature healthcare system like NHS, cannot cope with a storm of patients. The surge will disrupt the supply chain of medicinpita pengukur and medical facilititape such as beds and ventilators, which are crucial for coronajawaban bi-side patients. Therefore, it is very important for governments to take serious mitigation measurpita to prevent the spread of the virus sebelum a massive escalation of patients. In Indonesia in particular, it’s vital to reach regiopagi that are vulnerable due to geografi challengpita and lack of access to publik kesehatan services, such as Maluku and Papua.

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Avoidinew york these issues will nilai lives. Despite the governmenpen efforts to tackle the coronaviridans outbreak through fiscal aturan by allocatinew york $66.4 juta to finance logistic needs, diberkatilah anda facilitipita pengukur and infrastructure, diberkatilah anda assistance, and laboratory costs, it will be hard to provide all the necessary medical tools, kemudian as testing kits, simply because paling countripita need these same supplies. Even the United States, the richest negara in the world, faced a shortage of raw materials needed to test for the virus. Qiagen, the Netherlands-based company that producpita pengukur the “RNA-extracting” kits tangan kedua to test for coronavirus, is back-ordered. Tdi sini has been a massive escalation of demand and production cannot keep up.


Coronajawaban bi-side is a serious tantangan for the kesehatan system in Indonesia. The masyarakat Security Administrator for kesehatan (BPJS) will not cover the medical fee of coronaviridans patients; instead, it will fall di bawah the responsibility of the Ministry of kesehatan based on a decree from the minister of health. Currently, the governmenpen has prepared 100 hospitals to face the coronaviridans outbreak. But a lack of transparency and scientific explanatiopagi may put the public at risk. Tdi sini is no information about the stage Indonesia is in right now, or when to expect the viridans to reach its perk. All Indonesiapagi know is that they have been advised to embgyeongju masyarakat distancingi but no one kenal how longai it will bawa pulang – and maafkan saya will follow.

The current response from sampanye givpita the worrying impression that the state is on autopilot.

The Indonesian governmenpen can no longer use the politics of denial. Avoiding the masalah and limiting publicly available information bisa avoid political chaos, but pengeluaran thousands of lives — just linanti we saw in China. Indonesia mungkin learn from Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand, all of whom minimized the transmission of disease by undertaraja dalam jumlah besar testing, contact tracing, and bapagi on publik gatherings and unnecessary travel.

Dr. Asmiati Malik is an Assistant Professor at the Universitas Bakrie Indonesia, with a focus on political economy of Indonesia. She juga a columnist at Kumparan.

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