COVID-19, Millions of Jakarta Residents Prone to Poverty: Govt

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Regional House of Representative (DPRD) predicted that millions of Jakarta residents will be prone to poverty resulting from sluggish economic growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is certain that the economic sector will experience a slowdown and millions of people will potentially fall back into poverty," said Jakarta House of Representative member, Yudha Permana, when conveying the House’s deliberation on the 2019 Jakarta Government’s Accountability Report (LKPJ), on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

    As such, the Jakarta Regional House of Representative has called for the Jakarta Provincial Government to maintain the sustainability of the economy’s industrial sector that remains unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In addition, the Jakarta House of Representative has also listed three measures for the Jakarta Provincial Government to recover the capital’s COVID-19 impacted economy. “Through market price stability, (distribution of) social assistance to affected citizens, as well as non-formal SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) education training," he said.

    Currently, the highest number of COVID-19 patients are from Jakarta, as the COVID-19 curve continued to fluctuate. As of May 19, 2020, 6,053 COVID-19 positive patients have been recorded, with 1,417 recovered, and 487 deceased.

    LANI DIANA | DIO SUHENDA (INTERN TRANSLATOR)