TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Baduy tribe residing in the rural area of Lebak, Banten, are reportedly still free from Covid-19 infections as the local administration has yet recorded any positive confirmed cases. Local authorities believe Baduy people managed to do this through strict discipline and utterly avoiding ‘red zone areas.’
“We truly appreciate the Baduy people are able to control the Covid-19,” said Iton Rustandi, a medical worker at the health community center (Puskesmas) in Cisimeut, Lebak Regency on Wednesday, January 20.
Iron also believes the Baduy people have fully abided by the government’s health protocols such as the mandatory face mask rule and physical distancing measures. It is reported that Baduy’s customary leader has barred its people from travelling to Jakarta and other cities that have struggled to suppress Covid-19 infections.
A Baduy tribe leader and Leuwidamar village leader Jaro Saija confirmed that residents were banned from traveling to other infected areas and called for a return for those who have traveled prior to the pandemic.
“We guarantee that Baduy settlers are free from Covid-19 and that strict protection has been implemented on visitors prior to them entering the village area,” said Jaro Saija.