Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has again extended the implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) based on levels 2, 3, and 4 in a number of Java and Bali regions from August 10 to 16, 2021.
“Under the direction of the president, PPKM levels 4, 3, and 2 in Java and Bali will be extended until August 16, 2021,” said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Monday (9/8).
Initially, the government implemented Emergency PPKM from 3-20 July when a spike in Covid cases began to occur. Extended with the term PPKM Level 4 on 20-25 July, 26 July-2 August, and 3-9 August.
Luhut said there were quite good results during the implementation of PPKM Levels 2, 3, and 4 in Java and Bali from August 2-9. From the data obtained, there was a decrease in positive cases of Covid-19 by 59.6 percent.
“Regarding this decision, it will be stated in the Ministry of Home Affairs in more detail,” he said.
However, as long as the level-based PPKM has been implemented in the last seven days, the positive cases and deaths of Covid-19 have not dropped drastically. However, the number of patients who are declared cured is also increasing.
The total addition of positive cases of Covid-19 from August 3 to 9 reached 223,940 cases. This number decreased compared to the previous seven days, July 27-August 2, which reached 268,067 cases.
The decline in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 is in line with the minimal number of PCR and antigen swab tests in the last six days. In addition, the additional positive cases cannot be reduced to 10 thousand per day.
Cases of death began to decline in PPKM this time. During August 3-9, the total number of Covid-19 deaths was 11,280. This number decreased compared to the previous week, July 27-August 2, which reached 12,525 cases.
Even so, the number of Covid-19 deaths is still relatively high because the number of cases has increased to more than 1,000 in the past week.
Meanwhile, the number of recovered cases rose during the last 6 days. The total number of Covid-19 patients declared cured from August 3-9 reached 242,357. However, the number is still lower than the previous six days, 27 July-2 August, which reached 334,444.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the trend of increasing cases of the Covid-19 virus in a number of provinces outside Java and Bali. He said the upward trend had occurred over the last two weeks.
It was noted that provinces outside Java and Bali contributed 13,200 cases or 34 percent of new cases nationally on 25 July. Meanwhile, as of August 6, 2021, it rose to 21,374 cases or 54 percent of the national cases.
Jokowi said there were at least five provinces that experienced a high daily spike in Covid-19 cases, namely East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, Papua, West Sumatra and Riau.
On the other hand, the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination in early August 2021 or PPKM 3-8 August has not yet reached the target of 2 million doses per day. Several times the new vaccination reached 2 million doses. Jokowi once targeted injecting vaccines of up to 2 million doses per day during August 2021.