JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – State-owned pharmacy firm, PT Biofarma, ready to fulfill polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the country, said senior minister after met President Joko Widodo at the State Palace today. Recently, the head of state urged the task force for handling the COVID-19 outbreak to run PCR test to at least 20,000 people per day.
“They already produce 50,000 per week. And if you multiply it to 2 million per month it will be sufficient for Indonesia The coordinating minister for human and cultural development,” Muhadjir Effendy told media on Monday (06/22).
The laboratory that will be used is the one used to manufactured bird flu vaccines and has been approved by the president, he adds. Next, he said, Biofarma will prepare to redesign the factory and use to produces the PCR products.
At the meeting, said Effendy, the task force reported the latest condition on the large-scale social distancing in some areas still under control but some areas showed the positive cases increased. Based on the data, the choice must be balanced, restore the economy and the growth of positive ramps, he adds.
Based on data from the task force, the number of positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients increased by 862 on Sunday and the previous day increased by 1,226 people. Indonesia’ position which has now overtaken Singapore as the virus epicenter in Southeast Asia.
When visited task force office on June 10, President Widodo has said not hesitate to re-close Indonesia if the daily COVID-19 patients rise during the implementation of “new normal”. He sees that there are still areas where the level of transmission is still fluctuating.
Since Widodo announced the government will open the country dan will implement the “new normal” gradually, number of positive cases rose significantly, almost a thousand per day. The virus have spread to 34 provinces in 422 districts and cities.
As part of the planned, on Tuesday, minister of transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, has issued ministerial decree Number 41 of 2020 regarding Transportation Control in the context of Preventing the Distribution of COVID-19. The decision has been made to support the reopening number of economic activities in the country.
He also announced to resume the domestic flights for all passengers with a maximum 70 percent capacity and follow strict rules brought into force. For travelers, the person must show his identity card or other valid identification.
Then, a PCR test certificate with a negative result that is valid for seven days or a test certificate for Rapid test with results non reactive which is valid for three days at the time of existence force or show an influenza symptom-free certificate issued by the hospital or doctor.
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