Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the President of Indonesia, explained why Indonesia can’t enforce a lockdown policy like the other countries. He said health and economic aspects were taken into consideration not to implement a lockdown.
“We can’t close like the other countries. Lockdown means completely closed,” he said.
He said that with the implementation of the semi-lockdown, called Emergency PPKM, many people gas found difficulties. Jokowi also added that even the lockdown policy wouldn’t guarantee that the pandemic will end soon.
Therefore, the Indonesian government decided to implement an Emergency PPKM policy called the ‘semi-lockdown’ policy. Although the policy doesn’t completely stop people’s activities and mobility, he said that many of them have requested that economic activities be reopened immediately.
Jokowi emphasized that the government will continue to deal with the health side affected by the pandemic and run the economic side.
He wants people to survive despite the economic downturn. Jokowi hopes that the government’s efforts by accelerating vaccination in all regions can create herd immunity immediately. The national Covid-19 vaccination is targeted to be completed by the end of this year.