Jusuf Kalla Urges Public to Remain Alert for Third COVID-19 Wave

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  • Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) General Chairperson Jusuf Kalla (Far Right) delivered his remarks during the handover of aid for Covid-19 handling equipment from the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Central PMI Building, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 16, 2021. ANTARA/Galih Pradipta

    Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) General Chairperson Jusuf Kalla (Far Right) delivered his remarks during the handover of aid for Covid-19 handling equipment from the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Central PMI Building, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 16, 2021. ANTARA/Galih Pradipta

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former VP and Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Jusuf Kalla has urged the government and the public to stay alert ahead of the third COVID-19 wave.

    Though the number of cases of COVID-19 transmission in various regions in Indonesia has decreased by 99 percent, the government and the public should stay vigilant during the pandemic, he said.

    "COVID-19 cases in Indonesia have currently decreased by 99 percent. However, we are also still preparing for a third wave. We hope it will not happen," Kalla said after meeting the Dutch Government representatives at the PMI Headquarter on Tuesday.

    The potential for the third COVID-19 wave has also been predicted in several countries, he noted. In Indonesia, the average number of cases has decreased from 50 thousand to 500 cases per day, he said.

    "Compared with last June, it was 50,000 cases per day, and now the average case (count) is 500 per day, or down 99 percent," Kalla informed.

    The former vice president then asked all Indonesians to continue to maintain discipline in implementing the health protocols, especially ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

    The government is currently working on controlling COVID-19 transmission, including providing facilities that meet the required standards, he said.

    "Now, the most important thing is we have to implement strict health protocols because the government has worked well to handle the pandemic," he added.

    Meanwhile, to anticipate the third wave of COVID-19, the government is trying to obtain 600,000 to 1 million doses of antivirus medication Molnuvirapir in December this year, he said.

    The antivirus medication, which is claimed to reduce mortality and hospitalization due to COVID-19 up to 50 percent, can be purchased for under Rp 1 million, he added.

    Read: COVID-19 Update: Nine Provinces Log Zero Cases on Monday

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