Jokowi Asks the Public Not to Worry About Covid-19 that Tourists from China Might Bring

Jokowi announces that Restricting Community Activities Regulation or PPKM is revoked

A spike in Covid-19 cases is reportedly hitting China. In this regard, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked the public to remain calm and not worry about the possibility of a virus being brought in by tourists from China while visiting Indonesia.

He claimed that the immunity or immunity of groups of Indonesian citizens was good at 98.5 percent. Therefore, people are advised not to worry.

Jokowi in Bunaken, North Sulawesi, broadcast on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel, Friday (20/1), said, “Our immunity is already at a good level of community immunity. Above 98.5.”

Jokowi ensured that Indonesia was open to tourists from any country. He also predicted that many tourists from China would visit Indonesia in the future.

Jokowi also ensured that tourists from China who wanted to travel abroad had their health checked by the country’s authorities.

“But in China itself, I see that all those who want to leave have been checked by their countries, so we don’t need to worry,” Jokowi said.

On the other hand, Jokowi also ensured that tourists entering Indonesia would no longer need to isolate first.

“No, it’s gone, there’s no [isolation],” he added.

Previously, it was reported that China was being hit by a surge in coronavirus infections. Data reports nearly 60 thousand deaths related to Covid-19 in the month to last Saturday (14/1).

What’s more, China is likely to be facing a new storm of deaths from Covid-19. This is predicted to occur as the country enters the Lunar New Year holiday season.

In a study conducted by forecasting agency Airfinity, these results were based on data from regional Chinese provinces combined with infection rates experienced by countries that relaxed Covid-19 restrictions.

“China is likely to experience a longer and more severe wave of Covid as the traditional (Imlek) festival marked by millions returning home to reunite with their families fuels high levels of virus transmission,” according to health analyst Airfinity quoted by The Straits Times. , Wednesday, (18/1/2023).

This update takes into account reports showing infections have peaked in several provinces, including Henan, Gansu, Qinghai, and Yunnan.

Analytic indicators show that the virus is spreading faster than expected to rural areas, driven in part by people traveling for Chinese New Year celebrations.