Dante and the 14th Day of Jakarta’s Large-Scale Social Restriction
Day 24 of April Landscape Photo Challenge
An update from Jakarta, today is the first day of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection for Muslims around the world and as well in Indonesia. Today is also marking the 14th day of Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) to respond COVID-19 Pandemic in Jakarta. On the first day of the implementation, as mentioned on my previous blog post, there were 3,512 positive cases at the national level, with majority cases were in Jakarta with 1,810 cases.
Now, after 14 days, the number of positive cases has increased to 8,211 cases at national level in which 3,605 positive cases are in Jakarta. Based on the high increase of the cases, obviously, we don’t see the effectiveness of the restriction to reduce nor to slow down the spread of the virus. Sincerely, the “semi lockdown ala Indonesia” is not that super strict. I had to visit my office on the other day – our office still implements Working From Home policy, but due to an urgent matter, I had to visit the office physically – and it surprised me how busy it was on the roads with cars and motorbikes. Basically, Jakartans still have freedom to go everywhere, well, as long as we use face mask. The PSBB is prolonged until 22 May 2020. Hopefully there will be improvement by then.
The sad part is the death of doctors and nurses who treated the patients due to their exposure to the infected patients. Special thanks and gratitudes to doctors, nurses, and healthcare support staff, who are treating COVID-19 patients. Thank you for risking your life to help people ❤