Luhut to Ask China, Singapore Help for Covid; Expert Asks Not to Delay

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  • Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (left) inspects the MSME booth at the peak event of the Proudly Made in Indonesia National Movement in Puncak Waringin, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, Friday 18 June 2021. The activity entitled

    Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (left) inspects the MSME booth at the peak event of the Proudly Made in Indonesia National Movement in Puncak Waringin, Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, Friday 18 June 2021. The activity entitled "Digital Sparkling Flobamora" This is expected to support the government's program to restore the national economy and tourism affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ANTARA PHOTOS/Rivan Awal Lingga

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said he would ask China and Singapore for help if Indonesia's Covid-19 cases reach 40,000 people daily. Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Griffith University Australia, asked the government not to delay the plan.

    Dicky said the government should not wait around for daily cases to exceed 40,000 before making the request.

    "Mitigation is about preparing early, now. It cannot be delayed," Dicky told Tempo, Wednesday, July 7.

    He said that Indonesia is in grave situation, and in need for medical equipment supplies. He said that the peak of the second pandemic wave is approaching, predicting it to happen between July 19 and August 15.

    However, Dicky reminded not to ask everything from foreign nations. The assistance taken should be in the form of vaccines, drugs, or other medical devices.

    Dicky did not recommend asking for help in the form of health workers, saying Indonesia has enough human resources capable and sufficient for handling the pandemic.

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