MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Data on covid19.go.id reported Indonesia’s daily cases have dramatically jumped since March 2020.
Daily cases in 33 provinces reached 21,342 on 27 June 2021 so that the total of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is 2,115,304 since the first case announced on 2 March 2020. The positivity rate also sharply rose up to >20% in 16 provinces (vaksin.kemkes.go.id).
The surge of daily cases happens in five provinces, namely DKI Jakarta (9,394 new cases), West Java (3,988 new cases), Central Java (2,288 new cases), East Java (889 new cases), and Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta/Special Region of Yogyakarta (830 new cases).
“The dramatic increase renders that a lot of health care collapse and hospitals are over capacity for COVID-19 patients, lack of health workers, lack of medical supplies such as oxygen, personal safety equipment (PPE), and medicines,” informed Chair of the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) Agus Samsudin.
The Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) for COVID-19 patients in many hospitals reached >90, and self-isolation facilities out of health care facilities are few.
Lack of self-isolation facilities cause the increase of the number of patients at hospitals. On the other hand, the hospitals aren’t be able to take care more patients. Many patients are waiting at the emergency room and cannot get proper health care because the hospitals are overwhelmed.
“This worse condition is also caused by COVID-19 virus variants (alpha, beta, and delta) coming to Indonesia when the government applied the micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) to reduce people’s mobility entering and exiting this country. Due to the rapid virus transmission, the policy didn’t work well. Beside, many people ignore health protocols and the number of vaccinated people are few,” explained Agues.
Based on the data, the MCCC sent a letter to President Joko Widodo on 29 June 2021 which the letter statements were presented at the press conference today (30/6) and signed by the Chair Agus Samsudin and the Secretary Arif Nur Kholis. The letter states three recommendations as follows:
- The Central Government and and Regional Governments are required to implement the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) as the beginning of this pandemic in all provinces of Java for three weeks. The policy should be supported by firm and just law enforcement for people who disseminate hoaxes and misleading information, and social security for economically PSBB-affected people during the PSBB.
- The Governments guarantee health care facilities for COVID-19 patients by ensuring the availability of health care, self-isolation facilities for people without symptoms out of the health care, the availability of medical equipment, personal safety equipment (PPE), and the availability of oxygen and medicines. It’s urgent to establish emergency hospitals in Java to accommodate the great number of COVID-19 patients.
- The Governments, public figures, religious figures, scientists, and media should work together, drive social solidarity for the economically PSBB-affected people, encourage people to obey health protocols, raise public awareness of vaccination, and encounter the misleading information.