Health Expert Warns about Rampant COVID-19 Spread amid National Holiday



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An epidemiologist with the University of Indonesia (UI), Pandu Riono, on Thursday, Oct. 29, said that it will be difficult for the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among family members during the lengthy national holiday as people would likely travel.

    This situation is worsened by the government’s contact tracing attempts that are far from perfect which would make it hard for healthcare workers to determine whether the people that may contract the virus were infected during their trip or in a family meeting. 

    “It will be very difficult as many families will go on trips,” said Pandu Riono to Tempo on Thursday, October 29.

    He, therefore, keeps reminding people that the best way to prevent this is by beefing up the discipline for the health protocol, namely wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances among each other. 

    Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan urged residents of the capital city to prevent sparking new COVID-19 clusters as the country spends its last days in October on a national holiday of Maulid Nabi on October 29, and national collective-leaves on October 28 and 30. 

    Read: Anies Baswedan Says Jakarta Has 4,689 Family Cluster of Covid-19 Infection