The Jakarta administration has extended the current period of micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) for another two weeks until May 3, as efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the capital continue, especially along Ramadan.
" The case began to rise again"
It was aimed to enforce the Governor Decree number 478/2021 ad Governor Call number 22/2021. Based on the data gathered, in the last two weeks, there was a fluctuating increase in active cases, where there were 6,075 active cases as of April 5 and increased to 6,924 active cases.
Seeing this matter, socialization on the importance of citizen health protocol discipline in public kept being carried out by Jakarta Health Agency Head, Widyastuti. Moreover, in this Ramadan, the administration had allowed residents to perform tarawih night prayer at mosque its capacity limited to 50%.
"The case began to rise again. I remind you all to avoid the crowd and mobilization, this is very important. Last year and this weekend, it has shown that population activity has increased and the numbers have moved up," she expressed, as quoted by Jakarta PPID's press release.
Nevertheless, according to her, it was still under control, as isolation beds and ICU in Jakarta were still insufficient as the percentage showed a decrease. As of April 5, the total capacity of isolation beds was 7,513 units and was filled with 3,311 patients or 44%. Then as of April 18, there were 7,087 and was filled with 2,691 or 38%.
"For the ICU availability is down though a little, since April 5, we have 1,136 units and is filled with 548 or 48%. While on April 18, there are 1,056 units and is filled with 500 or 47%, which means there is a 1% decrease in ICU capacity," she explained.
She went on to say that the control of this pandemic was also accompanied by vaccinations that were consistently being carried out. The number of vaccination targets for stages 1 and 2 (health workers, elderly, and public servants) was 3,000,689 people. The total vaccination dose 1 was 1,641,932 people (54.7%) and the total vaccination dose 2 now reached 849,048 people (28.3%).
Aside that, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan once again called on all residents to always implement health protocols.
"Victory against this pandemic is in sight. But once again I remind you that we haven't won yet, so let's take responsibility to make this victory happen with 3M discipline," he asserted.
"Moreover, we have allowed you to perform tarawih prayer at mosque. But if the mosque is 50% filled, it is best to pray at home to prevent the risk of exposure," he asserted.