Luhut Ordered by Jokowi to Handle Covid in Nine Provinces

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Luhut was given a two-week target by Jokowi to control Covid in nine provinces.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan admitted that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was ordered to focus on dealing with Covid-19 in nine provinces which contributed greatly to the total cases nationally. Luhut was given a target of two weeks.

“The President ordered that within two weeks we must be able to achieve three targets, namely a reduction in the addition of daily cases, an increase recovery rate (cure rate) and decrease mortality rate (death rate), “said Luhut in a written statement in Jakarta, Monday (14/9).

Luhut, who is also Deputy Chair of the Covid-19 Policy Committee and National Economic Recovery, together with the Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo were ordered to work with the Ministry of Health to handle the Covid-19 case in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Bali, North Sumatra and Papua.

On this instruction, Luhut immediately invited regional heads as well as TNI / Polri leaders in the nine provinces to conduct a virtual coordination meeting on Monday. The coordination meeting was also attended by Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto, Menko Polhukam Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for PMK Muhadjir Effendi, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto, and Head of BNPB Doni Monardo.

Meanwhile, regional heads who attended the virtual meeting were DKI Governor Anies Baswedan, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

Luhut explained that the reason the President ordered him to concentrate first on the nine provinces was because eight provinces, apart from Papua, contributed to 75 percent of the total cases or 68 percent of the total active cases. He also explained, to achieve the three targets for handling Covid-19 transmission in the nine main provinces, his party had developed three strategies.

“The operation is justified for the enforcement of health protocol disciplines, improving the management of Covid-19 patient care to reduce the mortality rate and increase the recovery rate as well as specifically handling the Covid-19 clusters in each province,” he explained.

According to Luhut, the justisi operation was carried out as an effort to enforce the implementation of health protocols which the public often neglects.

“We have to carry out justisi operations to enforce the implementation of the health protocol because if we don’t take hard action against the violators, then we want PSBB to go up to 10 times the condition will not improve soon,” he said.

Luhut added that in the next two days technical meetings with all provinces would be held intensively.

“I ask each province to sharpen its strategy, it has to be clear about the division of tasks who do what and us deploy (spread) all the resources we have, “he said.

Meanwhile, Mahfud MD reminded regional heads the need to change governor regulations (Pergub), regent regulations (Perbub) or mayor regulations (perda) to become regional regulations (perda) so that the police can apply criminal rules to justisi operations.

“Justisi operation is related to criminal law enforcement, meanwhile according to the law (UU), governors, governors, governors, governors, governors or governors may not contain criminal sanctions,” he said.

Mahfud also advised regional heads to immediately process the amendment of the regulation into a regional regulation to the DPRD. Meanwhile, currently throughout Indonesia only two governorates have become perda.

“But if the police want to carry out the criminal sentence outside the governor’s regulation, it is still possible, for example using Law Number 4 of 1984 concerning Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases,” he added.

By using this law, continued Mahfud, the police can prosecute offenders with the threat of imprisonment for a maximum of one year and / or a maximum fine of Rp1,000,000. This Monday the Justisi operation has been implemented simultaneously in nine provinces.

However, there are several provinces that have previously implemented justisi operations to crack down on violators of the Covid-19 protocol before President Joko Widodo’s order was issued today. These provinces include DKI Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and North Sumatra.

source: Between

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