President Jokowi Declares Covid-19 Pandemic a National Disaster

    Nur Azizah - 14 April 2020 11:59 WIB
    President Jokowi Declares Covid-19 Pandemic a National Disaster
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    Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially declared the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic in Indonesia as a national disaster.

    The move was based on Presidential Decree Number 12 Year 2020 regarding the Status of Non-Natural Disaster Covid-19 Pandemic as a National Disaster. The decree was signed by the former Jakarta governor on Monday, April 13, 2020.






    "Declaring the non-natural disaster that is caused by the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) as a national disaster," the decree stated.

    "Governors, regents and mayors as the heads of regional covid-19 task forces must synergize local policies with national policies," it stated.

    As of Monday noon, April 13, 2020, the National Task Force for Acceleration of Covid-19 Handling has recorded 4,557 confirmed covid-19 cases, 380 recoveries and 399 reported deaths.

    To tackle the spread of virus, a number of regions have been allowed to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), including Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang.

    (WAH)

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