Indonesia' minister of Health Dr. Terawan Agus Putranto allowed Jakarta province to "lock" the city for temporary to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak - Photo by Vice President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’ minister of Health Dr. Terawan Agus Putranto allowed Jakarta province to “lock” the city for temporary to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision was made on April 7, through the Minister of Health Decree Number 9 of 2020.

He said, the policy has been taken cause there had been a significant increase of positive cases in the capital city, over than 1,000 and death toll 106. On April 1, Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, has proposed the large-scale social distancing to President Joko Widodo.

“I need to set a large-scale social distancing for DKI Jakarta in order to accelerate the handling of COVID-19,” said Terawan in a written statement on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the provincial government is required to implement the regulation and consistently encourage and socialize clean and healthy lifestyles to the community. The “lock” is carried out during the longest incubation period and can be extended if there is still evidence of the spread.

Last week, Terawan has signed the minister of health rule  which is a derivative regulation of Government Regulation Number 21 of 2020 concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions in the Context of Handling Coronavirus Disease 2019. regulation The contained 19 articles.

It stated that large-scale social distancing is limiting certain activities of residents in an area suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 in such a way as to prevent the possibility of spreading the disease. Earlier, President Joko Widodo emphasized that regional heads did not make their own policies that were not coordinated.

“The legal basis is Law Number 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine. The government has also issued a president decree on the large-scale social distancing and on the establishment of a public health emergency to carry out the mandate of the Act,” the head of state said today.

Beside Jakarta, other provinces near to Jakarta, such as Tangerang and West Java also proposed to “lock” the provinces for temporarily to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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