Indonesia Not Doing Lockdown: BNPB

Jakarta, MINA – The Head of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo stressed the government will not lockdown in Indonesian territory to avoid the spread of coronavirus or Covid-19 disease.

Lockdown is a term used to describe the situation of locking an area from access in and out of people to and from that region.

“Once again I emphasize the government in this case is President Joko Widodo who has given instructions to the head of the task force, there will be no lockdown,” said Doni in a video recording received on Saturday night.

Some countries such as Italy and Spain have implemented a lockdown policy. Thus, citizens and anyone not allowed in or out of the countries.

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Previously, the presidential spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman, said that the government did not want to implement a lockdown because the public did not need policies that caused a shock effect. According to him, at this time there should be no trial and error policy.

Fadjroel did not dismiss the provisions regarding lockdown as actually being regulated in Law 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine. However, Fadjroel said Jokowi preferred social distancing policies to respond to conditions that occur due to the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Further, Doni requested that the public comply with government policies related to social distancing. Social distancing is a term so that residents keep a distance from each other at least 1.5 meters. Residents were asked not to gather in large numbers.

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“If this can be obeyed, God willing, we can reduce the people who are exposed,” he said. (T/RE1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)