Covid-19 Cases in Central Java Rise, Luhut asks regional heads to be alerted

Big Business – Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Deputy Chairman of the Policy Committee for Action Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery, emphasized that the number of Covid-19 cases in Central Java has increased in the last seven days. The surge in positive cases of Covid-19 was followed by an increase number of people (BOR) for intensive care units (ICU) which reached 65 percent.

“Please from these data, regents and ladies must be vigilant. Semarang City has 9648 confirmed active cases, then there are 644 deaths,” Luhut said during a meeting with Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and his staff as mentioned in a written statement on Tuesday. October 13, 2020.

The occupancy rate of ICU rooms at all Covid-19 referral hospitals in the center of Java since September last year has always been below 60 percent. On 11 October 2020, however, the number of patients in the specialist room continued to increase and reached 65 per cent.

Luhut Pandjaitan ordered all ranks to take into account this data, from health workers, hospitals, to the regional police and the Central Java Military Command. He reminded that confirmation cases are still emerging.

“Operations need to be intensified to reduce cases of confirmation between local authorities, such as governors and governors in each region, especially areas that still have a significant increase,” Luhut said.

Based on data from the Central Java Provincial Government, on October 12, 2020, the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in the area was recorded at 26,640. Of the total cases, 18,852 patients were declared cured and 1514 others died.

Luhut explained that the recovery rate in Central Java is still below the national average of 76.5 percent. As of October 11, 2020, the Central Java recovery rate for Covid-19 patients was 71 percent.

In response to Luhut, Ganjar Pranowo stated that he would work with various parties to resolve the issue of the Covid-19 case, which is still growing with a micro-scale management strategy. “We use microsonization. With this strategy we can lock (the territory) on a smaller level,” Ganjar said.

Ganjar said he would be wary of more clusters, such as Islamic boarding schools, natural disaster clusters and demonstration clusters. The three clusters are claimed to be a priority for government monitoring.

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