DHS Claims COVID-19 Weaker in Tropics; Jokowi Says to Stay Alert

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  • President Jokowi speaks in a press conference on the handling of the novel coronavirus at the Bogor Palace in West Java, Sunday, March 15, 2020. ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan

    President Jokowi speaks in a press conference on the handling of the novel coronavirus at the Bogor Palace in West Java, Sunday, March 15, 2020. ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he heard from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that based on its study, air temperatures, sun exposures, and humidity levels greatly affect the speed of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) death in the air and on non-porous surfaces.

    “The higher the air temperatures, humidity, and the presence of direct sun exposures will further shorten the lifespan of the virus in the air and on non-porous surfaces,” said the President at the Merdeka Palace in a written statement on Friday, April 24.

    He considered the news an encouraging one for Indonesia with its tropical climatehot temperatures, humid air, and rich in sunbeams. However, he reminded all to continue implementing protocols against the new coronavirus transmission and be disciplined.

    “Don’t overlook the prevention protocol that we must strongly adopt in a disciplined manner. First, wash hands regularly. Second, wear face masks. Third, maintain physical distancing. Fourth, boost body immunity,” Jokowi underlined.

    As of Friday, April 24, Indonesia has a total of 8,211 COVID-19 cases and the number keeps rising every day. Of the total, 1,002 patients have recovered and 689 others succumbed to the illness.

    The government has implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several areas that are severely exposed to the new coronavirus as part of the containment efforts.

    EGI ADYATAMA