Indonesian government extended the COVID-19 national emergency status until May 29 from initially on Feb. 28, said the the national disaster management agency' spokesman today (03/17) - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government extended the COVID-19 national emergency status until May 29 from initially on Feb. 28, said the the national disaster management agency’ spokesman today (03/17). The decision take after the virus widespread across the archipelago.

“The status of a specific emergency COVID-19 countermeasure has been determined from Jan. 28 to Feb. 29, 2020, since the return of Indonesian citizens from Wuhan, China. This status is extended until May 29, 2020, so that it is flexible room to analyze the situation because we are waiting the reports from the regional heads,” said the spokesman Agus Wibowo on Tuesday.

While the government spokesman for COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, reported until last night there were additional cases in Indonesia from 134 to 172, where cases of death remained five. The most additions were from Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and Riau Islands.

“Nine people were declared cured and some people were negative and it took two more days for the interval to release them,” he noted, by adding there are possibility the number of cases could wider in the coming days.

He also reported the condition of transportation minister, Budi Karya Sumadi was stable and started to improve. While, all ministers and other persons who were likely in contact with him were examined and all in good condition.

To fight the coronavirus spread, the government adding more hospitals, including private hospital in Jakarta and its surroundings. Earlier, domestic minister, Tito Karnavian and finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati has issued the regulations to speed up the handling of the pandemic.

The regulation was stipulated in the Minister of Home Affairs Regulation Number 20 of 2020 andMinister of Finance Regulation Number 6 of 2020. Through these new rules, the regional government could revised their regional budget to tackling the virus.

The revised budget is expected to enable local governments to improve health facilities in regional hospitals and campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The existence of these regulations is also to increase the economic resilience of vulnerable or included in the category of the poor.

Then the next point is that the local government can help the business world so that the economy continues to move even though the COVID-19 outbreak, especially for small, medium, and micro entrepreneurs. According to Indrawati there are room to get Rp19 trillion (US$1.31 billion) funds to handle the pandemic through the new policies.

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com