Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) Levels 4, 3, and 2 in Java/Bali and outside Java-Bali will end today, Monday (20/9). The government had previously imposed PPKM Levels of 4, 3, and 2 for the 9th extension since the start of the Covid pandemic.
Yesterday an additional 2,234 new Covid-19 cases were recorded. The previous day, confirmed cases increased by 3,385.
Judging from previous trends, there will be further extensions of PPKM. It is very likely that PPKM levels will be lowered in a number of regions in Indonesia.
Over the past week, approximately 3,000 new confirmed cases have been reported. Cumulatively, total Covid-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 4.19 million with a death toll of 140,000.
Yesterday, active cases (patients being treated either in hospitals or independent isolation) again experienced a considerable decline, with reported cases 4,097, bringing total active cases in the country to 60,969.
“The best step is to maintain what has been achieved, not reduce vigilance,” said the Government Spokesperson for Covid-19 and the New Habit Adaptation Ambassador Dr. Reisa Broto Asmoro.
The Java-Bali PPKM Coordinator, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, has also previously stated that the trend of daily new confirmed cases nationally has decreased. Specifically in Java and Bali, it fell by 96 % from its peak on July 15. Dr. Asmoro said the central government’s records in the second week of September 2021 also showed that the number of active cases had fallen below 100,000.
The government has stated that it will continue to implement PPKM in and outside the Java-Bali area as long as the coronavirus has not completely disappeared. The implementation of PPKM in Java-Bali will be evaluated once a week and outside Java-Bali every two weeks. Luhut said PPKM will permanently be the government’s instrument for controlling Covid-19 in the country.
Despite continuing to enforce PPKM, the government has also relaxed restrictions for a number of public facilities to operate, such as malls, playgrounds, recreation areas, markets, and cinemas.
Places of worship have also began to open while vaccination efforts continue to be boosted. The opening of these public facilities has been accompanied by the implementation of strict health protocols, one of which includes the requirement to have at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Indonesia again received a donation of 1,140,750 Pfizer vaccines from the United States through the Covax Facility. With the arrival of this 69th shipment of Covid-19 vaccine, Indonesia is in possession of a stock of 257,350,400 doses.
Minister of Communications and Informatics Johny G Plate said international cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral, has played a major role in efforts to manage the pandemic in Indonesia. The government is also active in efforts to equalize access to vaccines around the world.
“Cooperation between countries is very much needed in an effort to prevent the emergence, development and spread of new variants,” he said on Sunday (19/9).