Covid-19 Infection Rate Shows a Downward Trend; Govt Credits Public Restriction

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  • A Health worker gave directions to a passenger before trying the COVID-19 test with the GeNose C-19 tool during a trial, at the LRT platform at the Sultan Mahmud Badarudin Airport (SMB) II Palembang, South Sumatra, Friday, March 26, 2021. This trial was carried out on 100 employees in the airport environment. SMB II Palembang per day before it is held for airport passengers on April 1. ANTARA PHOTOS / Feny Selly

    A Health worker gave directions to a passenger before trying the COVID-19 test with the GeNose C-19 tool during a trial, at the LRT platform at the Sultan Mahmud Badarudin Airport (SMB) II Palembang, South Sumatra, Friday, March 26, 2021. This trial was carried out on 100 employees in the airport environment. SMB II Palembang per day before it is held for airport passengers on April 1. ANTARA PHOTOS / Feny Selly

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto claims Indonesia recorded a dropping number of active daily Covid-19 cases for the past consecutive months. He gave credit to the public activity restrictions (PPKM) implemented across a number of regions. 

    “In Indonesia, we have experienced a downward trend [in coronavirus infection rate],” said Airlangga Hartarto who is also the head of the Covid-19 handling and national economic recovery committee in Wednesday’s webinar on April 7.

    The PPKM is the micro-scale social restriction, that was introduced on January 11, 2021, to replace the nationwide PSBB or large-scale social restriction that was implemented in 2020. 

    Citing the national coronavirus data logger covid19.go.id, Indonesia’s daily active cases once saw a surge on January 30, 2021, with 14,528 cases. However, after the changes were better implemented, the daily cases gradually dropped. It was evident in the February 9 data that recorded 8,700 daily active cases. 

    The PPKM continues to be implemented to this day with the latest data coming from April 6, 2021, that recorded 4,549 cases. 

    Read: Covid-19 Active Cases Rate in Indonesia 7.4%, Global Rate 17.3%: Govt

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