TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria called on residents on Monday to refrain from going out of town in the upcoming long weekend at the end of October over COVID-19 concerns.
He said this was in line with the Governor’s appeal to stay at home albeit the city has now relaxed the Large-Scale Social Restriction to a transitional status. “Moreover, doing activities that cause crowds,” said Riza at the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) on Monday, October 19.
Riza asserted that Jakartans should reflect on the significant surge in the cases of coronavirus disease caused by the previous two long holidays.
This month’s long holiday falls on Thursday, October 29, the commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad or Maulid Nabi, and the national collective days on Wednesday and Friday.
Governor Anies Baswedan had earlier made a similar appeal, highlighting that crowds of travelers in the previous long holiday impacted on the rise of positive cases last September.
“Because when we observe the spike [of virus cases] in early September, it is attributable from the long holiday in August,” said Anies at Transjakarta Bundaran HI Bus Stop, Central Jakarta, on Saturday, October 10.
Anies Baswedan, therefore, reminded residents to not go on holiday this month. “I appeal this to the whole community, do not let [COVID-19 infection] family clusters emerge because of joint holidays,” he underlined.
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