Daily Archives: June 20, 2020

70% COVID-19 patients show few symptoms: spokesperson


Jakarta Almost 70 percent of patients suffering from the novel coronavirus experience few symptoms, which is why many rule out COVID-19 as the cause for their malaise, government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling, Achmad Yurianto said.

“From the data that we gathered, almost 70 percent of positive cases saw minimum symptoms,” Yurianto said at a virtual press conference of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling in Jakarta on Saturday.

Yurianto said the minimal symptoms included persistent cough and low fever. People usually perceive such symptoms in the conventional sense and do not connect them with COVID-19.

“The minimum symptoms (experienced) can be perceived as not being sick,” he noted. To identify or diagnose someone with positive or negative COVID-19 transmission, a test needs to be carried out, and the standard test recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, said Yurianto.

Those who have had close contact with confirmed cases need to be directly tracked and tested for COVID-19 to identify the source of infection and break the chain of transmission of the virus in the community.

Yurianto further reiterated that the incubation period of COVID-19, until symptoms show in patients, is 14 days.

“They could be infected today and the new symptoms will appear later, on the 14th day, although on average, if we look at the data now, they might appear on the fifth or sixth day,” he explained.

If no symptoms emerge after 14 days, then it can be said the patients are not infected or have recovered from COVID-19, he said.

Testing is needed in order to find the sources of infection in the community, so steps can be taken to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, he noted.

In accordance with President Joko Widodo’s directives, he continued, COVID-19 testing needs to be carried out on a massive scale, which means, examinations need to be based on tracing those who have had close contact with confirmed cases.

“Everyone suspected to have had close contact with confirmed cases surely needs to be tested,” he said adding, all such contacts need to be traced and then isolated so they do not spread the virus further in the community.



Source: Antara News

Jakarta recreational parks reopen with new safety protocols

Jakarta Ancol Taman Impian and Ragunan Zoo are among the recreational parks in Jakarta that reopened, with new safety protocols in place, on Saturday after being closed for more than three months over the COVID-19 outbreak.

At Ancol, the management has issued SSBB (Senang Selamat Bareng Bareng–We could be happy and safe together) guidelines, including rules on checking the temperature of visitors at the entrance gate.

Visitors to the park are now required to wear masks and observe a safe distance of two meters from others, and use their own cutlery and prayer items.

The park has also changed its visitor criteria: it is no longer allowing entry to children under 5, pregnant women, and people aged over 50 at several venues, namely, the beach, Allianz Ecopark, Pasar Seni, Dunia Fantasi, Ocean Dream Samudra, Sea World, and restaurants.

Ragunan Zoo has implemented similar rules, allowing entry only to Jakarta citizens. Visitors would need to furnish their ID at the park entrance.

Both Ancol and Ragunan, which are managed as Jakarta’s Regionally-Owned Enterprises (BUMD), are selling tickets online as they have closed their on-site ticket counters as part of physical distancing measures.

Besides, the parks have already installed additional sinks and hand-sanitizer dispensers for visitors.

The provincial government has enacted Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) rules since April 10 this year, with some extensions. Starting from June 5, 2020, the government has eased the semi-lockdown rules, calling them “transitional PSBB”, as the city readies for the new normal. (INE)



Source: Antara News


Ministry’s YouTube livestreaming highlights new normal in tourism

Jakarta The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy began livestreaming an event called “Socialization Toward a New Normal in the Tourism and Creative Economy Sector” through YouTube on Saturday and will continue on Sunday.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio noted in a statement received here, Saturday, that the current conditions necessitate all parties to adapt while staying optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic would be overcome by continuing to implement a disciplined health protocol.

“All levels of the public and stakeholders are expected to implement health protocols with full responsibility and discipline in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid the threat of a second wave of the disease,” the minister stated.

The event, initiated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, with support from the DKI Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Office, also bore the spirit of welcoming the 493th Anniversary of Jakarta and aimed at disseminating information of the new normal that stressed on practicing and applying concepts focusing on cleanliness, health, and safety in the tourism and creative economy sectors.

The public’s disciplined approach to adhere to health protocols, including maintaining a safe required distance between one another, washing hands, and using masks while venturing outdoors, is expected help re-instill a sense of confidence among foreign tourists to visit the country.

“This certainly can build the image of Indonesia as a country that is ready to transition to a new normal era, which is very influential in the efforts to build global trust in the country,” he stated.

Various partners, including Grand Indonesia Mall, BRI Bank, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, partook in the event. Furthermore, representatives from e-commerce platforms Blibli, Bukalapak, JD.id, Lazada, Shopee and Tokopedia; transportation companies comprising Blue Bird, Gojek, and Grab; tourism industry players, including the Accor Group, Ancol, the Thousand Islands, and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, as well as the KontrakHukum, took part in the event.

Apart from being enlivened through the official digital media channel, an exhibition showcasing products of micro, small, and medium businesses was also held at the Grand Indonesia Mall.

The ministry cooperated with partners’ platforms for online integration to limit the number of people to prevent crowding though yet targeting to grab the attention of the public en masse.


Source: Antara News