Indonesia Covid-19 Cases Drop 40%; Will Govt Relax Restrictions?



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaSpokesman for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, confirmed the number of daily positive cases dropped by 40 percent in the past seven days. This fact could possibly be a signal for the government to relax the social restrictions dubbed the Emergency PPKM which will last until July 25.

    “As President Jokowi said, the Emergency PPKM will be relaxed gradually if daily cases decline in the next six days. When observed in the past seven days, positive cases have decreased from 56,757 on July 15 to 33,772 on July 21, or by 40 percent,” said Wiku in an online press conference on Thursday, July 22.

    In addition, he informed that the number of recoveries increased by more than 70 percent. “Based on the percentage of active cases, there is a decline over the last three days. The daily BOR (hospital bed occupancy rate) has also consistently dropped over the last three days from 76.26 percent to 72.82 percent,” Wiku outlined.

    However, Indonesia is still facing challenges on the death toll caused by the coronavirus infection. Almost all provinces showed a rising trend in the mortality rate, except Jakarta. In the last six days, the number of deaths always hit more than 1,000.

    “This cannot be tolerated anymore because this is not just a number,” Wiku added.

    President Jokowi on Tuesday said the Covid-19 restrictions will be relaxed on July 26 if the number of cases is starting to decline during the extension period of the Emergency PPKM from July 21-25.

    Read: Emergency PPKM Relaxation Plan; Govt Urged to Use Valid Data