Ridwan Kamil Deploys Police to MonitorHomecomers

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  • TEMPO.CO, Bandung - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil reiterated his demands that West Java residents should refrain from returning to their hometown or mudik in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus infection.

    "Those who just arrive in their hometown will be classified as ODP [people under monitoring], so they are obliged to stay at home for 14 days and not allowed to go anywhere," said Ridwan through live streaming broadcasted from Pakuan State Building in Bandung on Friday, March 27, 2020.

    Ridwan expressed his seriousness about the request and had called the police to help monitor homecomers.

    "I have assigned the police across West Java. They will remind the people not to roam around and to just stay at home," Ridwan said.

    He also demanded Jakartans not to take a vacation to West Java this weekend.

    The governor stated that other than increasing the risk of the coronavirus transmission, homecomers could make it difficult for the authorities to map the spread of the virus in the province.

    "We will appeal to the police to disseminate this request. That's the best move I can do," Ridwan said.

    To prevent the arrivals of homecomers, Ridwan would talk to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan. The prevention measures of mass exodus traffic should be carried out in Jakarta.

    “If Jakarta 'closes' its doors, it will be easier than we having to close West Java areas," Ridwan Kamil said, adding that his administration had prepared a scenario of coronavirus lockdown for several areas, yet the implementation was waiting for the central government's decision.

    AHMAD FIKRI (CONTRIBUTOR)