Suara.com – The implementation of Community Activity Restrictions aka PPKM level 3 will be implemented in all regions of Indonesia ahead of the 2022 Christmas and New Year holidays.
The Government Spokesperson and Ambassador for the Adaptation of New Habits, Dr. Reisa Broto Asmoro, said there was a reason why PPKM level 3 was reinstated.
“We understand that the urge for vacations and recreation has been so strong after the second new year that we have passed during this pandemic period. But imagine how great it would be for all of us if we made it through Christmas and New Year without an increase in cases in January and February next year,” said Reisa, quoting ANTARA.
Reisa explained that the threat of a third wave in Indonesia could occur if on that occasion people did not follow the health protocols and there was high mobility.
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“So the government plans to tighten mobility with the aim of tightening the movement of people to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases,” he said.
He said the trend of increasing cases in Indonesia occurred after the holiday period, due to a sharp increase in mobility and social interaction, which often reduced compliance with health protocols.
Google Mobility Index data on November 15, 2021, he said, showed an increase in recreational activities or going to tourist attractions. Likewise with visits to residential areas, where family or friends friendship activities also increase.
“In the context of PPKM level 1, of course there is nothing wrong with this fact. However, in the context that the virus still exists and continues to mutate, vaccination is not 100 percent yet, and it is very likely that the protocol will be downgraded, of course this is very dangerous,” he said.
Observations made by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force showed the lowest compliance with wearing masks in restaurants, tourist attractions, settlements.
In addition, monitoring at several recreational areas on the island of Java, such as at Dunia Fantasi in Jakarta and Jatim Park in Batu, East Java, still shows risks that need to be mitigated to ensure activities at these locations are safe.
Source: Suara.com – Berita Kesehatan Terkini by www.suara.com.
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