Indonesian government will soon issue a government regulation on territorial quarantine which will restrict the movement of people, limit the crowd, and limit the movement of people for mutual safety amid the COVID-19 spread, said the senior minister last week - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government will soon issue a government regulation on territorial quarantine which will restrict the movement of people, limit the crowd, and limit the movement of people for mutual safety amid the COVID-19 spread, said the senior minister last week. The policy taken followed the regional government proposal to lock the provinces or regents to the central government.

“The government is currently preparing a draft the regulation to implement what is called territorial quarantine. It will be arranged, when an area may be restricted, what are the conditions, then what is prohibited, and what are the procedures so that there is uniformity of policy about it,” said coordinating minister for politics, law and human rights, Mahfud MD in a video conference on Friday (03/27).

He admitted, the government have received a request from Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, to impose a regional quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the capital city, dated March 28. According to him, the quarantine of the region will be the head of the provincial task force to the national task force.

Then, the head of the national task force will coordinate with relevant ministers, because the regional quarantine is related to the authority of several ministers, he adds. For example regarding transportation, it must coordinate with the transportation ministry or trade issues must coordinate with the trade ministry.

However, the senior minister stressed that among those to be restricted, there should not be any closure of traffic lanes for cars or ships carrying basic goods because it involves basic needs. Then, the shops, stalls and supermarkets that are needed by the community for daily needs also cannot be closed, cannot be prohibited from being visited, but will still be under strict supervision by the government.

“According to the law there must be a presidential decree, because once we forbid it, you see in the community itself there are those who agree, some who don’t,” said Mahfud by adding according to Article 10 of Law Number 6 of 2018, the policy must be regulated by government regulations. 

According to national task force for COVID-19 spokesman, Achmad Yurianto, so far the government has examined as many as 6,500 people related to pandemic. Until Sunday, the positive cases in the country rose to 1,285 from previous day 1,155 cases, cured 64 from39 and 114 deaths from earlier 102 people died.

“The addition of positive cases illustrates that there is still transmission in the community,” he noted yesterday.

In details, in Aceh Province there are five cases, Bali 10 cases, Banten 106 cases, Yogyakarta 22 cases, Jakarta 675 cases, Jambi one case, West Java 149 cases, Central Java 63 cases, East Java 90 cases, West Kalimantan eight cases, East Kalimantan 17 cases, Central Kalimantan seven cases, South Kalimantan one case and North Kalimantan two cases.

Then in Riau Islands five cases, West Nusa Tenggara two cases, South Sumatra two cases, West Sumatra five cases, North Sulawesi two cases, North Sumatra eight cases, Southeast Sulawesi three cases. In addition, 47 cases were recorded in South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi two cases, Lampung four cases, Riau two cases, North Maluku and Maluku each one case, West Papua two cases and nine positive cases in Papua.

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