Papua Closes Ports, Airports as Coronavirus Emergency Response



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Papua provincial administration raised its coronavirus alert status to an emergency as of Tuesday, March 24.

    Referred to the letter made available for Tempo, the regional leadership coordination forum in which the members included governors, regents, and mayors of Papua agreed to impose several policies.

    One of them is the blockage of entry access for immigrants via airports or ports. “The closure of passenger planes and ships at the entrance gates of Papua region, such as airports, ports, and cross border posts,” as noted in Point 6 of the letter.

    However, the regional administration ensured it would maintain a sufficient supply of logistics for the community. 

    Additionally, Papua restricted the arrival of foreign nationals and set certain time for the people to conduct their daily activities. “The public is allowed to conduct their daily activities to meet their basic needs and other activities from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. As for market operations, it is specially set from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.”

    Meanwhile, religious activities are also restricted in a bid to avoid crowds of people. Papuans are also required to conduct medical tests related to COVID-19.

    To support the tests, Dok 2 Jayapura Hospital is tapped as the special hospital for the coronavirus handling. As of date, Papua recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19.