TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The national COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito on Tuesday called for people to remain at home during the long national holiday period from October 28 to November 1 as cases in Indonesia remain high.
“The number of COVID-19 cases and its infection rate remains high in Indonesia,” said Wiku in a press conference on October 20. “If it’s not urgent, it is better to just stay at home.”
He explained that a number of studies show the linearity of suppressing people’s mobility with the drop in cases and deaths caused by COVID-19. The study by Zhou (2020), suggests that a 20 percent suppression in people’s mobility is able to flatten the coronavirus curve up to 33 percent and delaying peak cases up to two weeks.
A study by Yilmazkuday (2020) also states that only having 1 percent of people remain at home will be able to reduce 70 cases and 7 deaths each week. A 1 percent reduction in people’s mobility using public transportation may well reduce 33 cases and 4 deaths each week.
Moreover, Wiku Adisasmito cited a similar situation that happened on May 22-25, 2020, where coronavirus cases increased significantly right after the national holiday ended.