‘Lockdown would have overwhelmed Indonesian govt’

Ivany Atina Arbi & Ghina Ghaliya

JAKARTA (ANN/THE JAKARTA POST) – Imposing a nationwide lockdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission would do nothing but overwhelm the Indonesian government, the national COVID-19 rapid response task force said, as the strict measure would require the government to provide affected residents with basic provisions like food and medicine.

“Imagine if the President had decided to impose a lockdown. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) would have been overwhelmed by now, as this would have meant it had to distribute goods to hundreds of millions of residents nationwide,” COVID-19 Task Force Head Doni Monardo, who also heads the BNPB, said during a meeting with the House of Representatives.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has remained adamant that he would not impose a lockdown, resisting calls to implement the measure from health experts.