• As of 02 April, the Government of Indonesia announced a total of 1 790 cases of COVID-19 with 170 deaths and 112 recoveries from across 32 provinces.
• The Jakarta administration has provided special accommodation for frontline doctors and nurses in the capital to support them in the COVID-19 response. As reported on 27 March, a total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel. Authorities have also provided 15 TransJakarta buses and 50 school buses as shuttles for medical workers.
• On 30 March, the COVID-19 Task Force stated that the use of disinfectant chambers is not recommended as it can cause irritation to the skin and mucus membranes in the mouth, nose and eyes. The task force re-emphasized simple, safe and effective procedures to prevent COVID-19 including frequent handwashing with clean water and soap, avoiding touching the face and maintaining a safe distance from others.
• On 31 March, President Joko Widodo signed a government regulation on “Large-Scale Social Restrictions” and a presidential decree on “Public Health Emergency Status”, which would give permission to the national police to take proportionate law enforcement steps. The government would also take several steps to mitigate the economic impact of the social restriction policy including providing financial aid to informal workers and underprivileged groups.
• Volunteers of the COVID-19 Task Force in villages have become key to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas, as reported on 31 March. They provide information on COVID-19 prevention, enforce social distancing, collect data to identify people who exhibit symptoms of infection as well as those who have just returned from overseas, and coordinate with regional governments in the country’s almost 75 000 villages.
• On 01 April the Government of Indonesia allocated IDR 405 trillion (close to USD 25 billion) for healthcare spending, social protection, tax incentives, and credit for businesses and economy recovery programmes. In the healthcare sector, the budget will be prioritized for the purchase of medical equipment, renovation of referral hospitals, and compensation for medical workers.
• As reported on 02 April, the Government has distributed over 349 000 personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel to several provinces, including Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu,
South Sumatra, Gorontalo, and Central Sulawesi.