Jakarta No Longer COVID-19 Red Zone, Legislator: Don't Lower Our Guard

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  • A COVID-19 red zone banner is placed in Paseban, Jakarta, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    A COVID-19 red zone banner is placed in Paseban, Jakarta, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) Commission E overseeing the people’s welfare affairs, Solikhah, reminded the government and the public not to lower their guard after the capital city was no longer classified as a COVID-19 red zone

    She asserted the government must keep strengthening the 3T (testing, tracing, treatment) and the public must cling to the 5M (wearing face masks, maintaining distance, washing hands, avoiding crowds, and reducing mobility).

    “Let’s not make Jakarta a red zone again because of our excessive euphoria that makes us lower our guard,” said Solikhah in a written statement on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

    The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician asked the Jakarta government to continue intensifying case tracing and increasing testing capacity. She added accelerating vaccination was also vital in order to achieve herd immunity immediately.

    Previously, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force announced Jakarta was no longer categorized as a high-risk zone of COVID-19 transmission and under the status of an orange zone.

    However, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Pandu Riono, argued that the status determination was not something to be proud of. He added it could be a deceit if the city’s testing capacity level remained low.

    He added the Health Ministry’s system on COVID-19 had been problematic, causing a delay in the announcement of some data on daily cases.

    Read: 6,422 RTs in Jakarta Classified as COVID-19 Red Zones

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