COVID-19: Indonesia death tally climbs to 19


Indonesia is still adopting the social distancing approach in its effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, despite the republic’s death toll from the virus has now reached 19 people.

Indonesian government spokesman for COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto said a total of 55 new cases were reported today, bringing the tally to 227.

“The cumulative number of deaths is 19 with 12 cases reported in Jakarta, Central Java (2), Bali, Banten, West Java, East Java and North Sumatra (one each),” he said in a live telecast via the official YouTube channel of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) today.

Meanwhile, Joko Widodo’s spokesman Fadjroel Rachman in a statement issued today said according to the president, imposing a lockdown in the country with more than 16,000 islands would only sparke panic among the people.

“President Joko Widodo has decided to adopt the social distancing approach instead of imposing a lockdown policy.

“In the current COVID-19 situation, the country should not adopt a non-measurable or a trial and error policy.

“The public does not need a policy that could create panic but a rational and an appropriate policy that integrates organisational leadership, operational, and information,” he said.

The Indonesian government is taking the social distancing approach to counter the spread of the virus, by discouraging large scale gatherings, with the president also urging agencies and employers to implement a work from home policy for selected employees.