Thus, the President urged regional heads to maintain the right balance in managing both sectors.
"The gas and brake should really be well-implemented since covid-19 is not visible to the eyes. Do not put the economy first and ignore the spread of covid-19, if this happens positive cases will increase and the economic growth will slow down," the President said when delivering his remarks at the 2021 Regional Heads Coordination Meeting virtually from the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday, as quoted from the Cabinet Secretariat's website.
In January, Indonesia recorded 14 up to 15 thousand daily active cases.
However, the number of daily cases has been relatively under control, which stood at 4 to 6 thousand cases lately due to the enforcement of micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) coupled with a mass vaccination program.
On that occasion, the regions were ordered to impose PPKM Mikro to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in their respective territory.
In addition, the Head of State also called for full support for the mass vaccination program that is being implemented throughout Indonesia.