Govt Reluctant to Implement Lockdown due to Economic Concerns

18 March 2020 12:14 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Member of the COVID-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, has stated that the government is reluctant to implement a total lockdown policy due to the potentially crippling economic impacts that may arise from it.

“(Lockdown) has economic, social and security implications. Therefore this policy cannot be taken at this time," Wiku said at a press conference at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Office, East Jakarta, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Wiku continued that the Indonesian people should have been aware of Indonesia's high number of field workers who live on daily wages. Therefore, the lockdown system, if implemented, will greatly affect them.

“That is one of the concerns of the government, ensuring that economic activities can continue. With the lockdown policy, everyone is at home and it will be difficult to continue economic activities and that is economically dangerous," stated Wiku.

According to Wiku, social distancing is currently the most effective step of prevention, as maintaining distance and personal hygiene can effectively inhibit the spread of coronavirus.

Lockdown efforts have been made by a number of countries worldwide. Total lockdowns have been carried out by Italy and Denmark, following the COVID-19 outbreak there. On the other hand, several other countries, such as South Korea and Iran, have opted to conduct limited lockdowns in several cities that were the centers of the spread of the virus.

EGI ADYATAMA | DIO SUHENDA (INTERN TRANSLATOR)



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