Jokowi Issues Decree Naming COVID-19 National Disaster

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  • President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists in a press conference after inspecting the Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 Handling on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan

    President Joko Widodo speaks to journalists in a press conference after inspecting the Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 Handling on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday officially ratified the presidential decree No.12/2020, naming the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 as a national disaster. 

    The decree states, “the non-natural disaster that is caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 as a national disaster.”

    According to the decree, the efforts of national disaster mitigation is carried out by the task force for the accelerated handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Prior to this, President Jokowi issued the presidential decree No.7/2020 on the acceleration of the country’s COVID-19 handling, which was changed to the presidential decree No.9/2020. The aforementioned decrees oblige regional heads to adhere to the Central Government’s orders in the process of constructing regional policies. 

     

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