The Head of the Covid-19 Task Force, Ganip Warsito, said that domestic Covid-19 cases in Indonesia peaked on July 18. On Thursday, while visiting Yogyakarta, Ganip stated that the government had taken effective steps resulting in a decrease in Covid-19 cases.
“It has been effective. So we continue to evaluate; we already have data, starting from the spike on May 18 until today. Indeed, on May 18 there was an exponential spike, and the peak on July 18 has now started to decline,” said Ganip.
According to Ganip, the emergency PPKM (Restrictions on Community Activities) policy and it’s the extension of PPKM level 4 has been able to reduce the number of coronavirus cases overall.
The intent of the implementation of PPKM, said Ganip, is the restriction and control of mobility which is suspected to be the trigger for massive transmission.
He admitted that the PPKM policy is like a double-edged sword because there is an economic side that must be sacrificed. However, according to the President’s directive, like it or not, these actions must be taken.
“A better trend is evident. We can’t manipulate it; there has been a decline and we must maintain this. We also have to be careful, we still have to make restrictions. We will continue to evaluate and improve,” he said.
Ganip did not deny that the number of tests carried out was minimal during this emergency PPKM Level 4 period. In fact, testing, tracing, and treatment (3T) are being described as the keys to controlling the pandemic.
On July 3, the start of the Emergency PPKM, the government set a target of 324,283 tests a day.
These targets have not been achieved. During the 18 days of Emergency PPKM in Java and Bali and 7 days of Emergency PPKM outside Java/Bali, the average number of tests performed was only 139,360 a day.
Even in the last few days, the number of tests decreased in parallel with the decline in cases. On July 18 for example, the number of people tested dropped to 138,046. On July 19, 127,461 people were tested, July 20 – 114,674 people tested and finally on July 21 testing increased slightly with 116,232 tests carried out in a day.
Ganip said yesterday the President had requested the involvement of the Armed Forces (TNI) with the TNI Commander in Chief acting as coordinator to intensify testing and tracing. Optimization of contact tracing is now achieved via digital and field tracing.
“I also came to check the effectiveness of the officers. Starting from lab notifications, notifications to local health centers (Puskesmas), the health centers conducting interviews, continuing to digital tracing, then digital tracing interviews to close contacts via cellphone communication, as well as tracked through massive field tracing later,” Ganip said.