Massive Health Protocol Apathy; Jakarta DPRD Fears India-like Situation

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  • Joint personnel guard Block A of the Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta to which residents begin to flock on Sunday, May 2. 2021. TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

    Joint personnel guard Block A of the Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta to which residents begin to flock on Sunday, May 2. 2021. TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD Jakarta) deputy speaker Zita Anjani said Monday the recent crowds at the Tanah Abang shopping district had also taken place at malls and cafes across the city. She feared that the massive disregard to the health protocols may spark another wave of COVID-19 like in India. 

    “If this situation is allowed we can face a situation like in India,” she said in a statement on May 3. 

    Although she did not mention the specific cafes and malls that also overlooked the health protocols, she noted these places were located near Tanah Abang. The health protocols she believed had been disregarded were physical distancing and checking visitors’ temperatures. 

    The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician expressed hopes for the Jakarta administration to increase the number of its personnel in strategic locations to improve the situation. 

    Despite disagreeing with the crowds taking place in Tanah Abang, Zita asked the Jakarta administration not to close the popular shopping center as she believed that the perfect situation was to let the market’s operation continue but with better health protocols implemented. 

    As reported earlier, the government spokesperson for the COVID-19 mitigation task force, Wiku Adisasmito, said the immense crowds visiting the popular shopping district in Central Jakarta, Tanah Abang, for the past several days had ruined the government’s hard work in controlling the pandemic. 

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