Prof. Wiku Adisasmito during his press conference, Thursday (20/08).

The Potential to Get Out of the Problem of COVID-19

Positive cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia are still increasing. As of Thursday (20/08), Indonesia had recorded 147,211 positive cases of COVID-19, with 100,674 recovered patients and 6,418 deaths.

Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito in a press conference on Thursday (20/08) said that the current number of active cases in Indonesia is lower than the world's active cases, which is 27.2% for Indonesia, and 28.7% for average cases. active world. 

Meanwhile, according to Wiku, the percentage of recovery in Indonesia is above the world average, 68.6% (Indonesia) and 67.7% (World).

"Active cases are the number of positive cases currently in care or in independent isolation divided by the number of cumulative cases in each area," said Wiku.

However, even though the number of active cases is lower than the world average, and the recovered cases are above the world average, Wiku said that the percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 in Indonesia is still above the world average, namely 4.4%. (Indonesia) and 3.5% (World).


In the press conference which was held virtually, Wiku then explained several provinces and municipalities that deserved appreciation because of the statistical figures they obtained.

Wiku said there were as many as 46 districts / cities in Indonesia which according to him had active cases below 10%, lower than the national average. Meanwhile, there are 15 provinces with recovery above the national average, and 21 provinces with mortality below the world average.

"Again, we congratulate that this is an achievement to protect the community well, of course this is the role of all health workers, doctors, health workers and also all community members who have taken good care of the community," he said.

Learn from Bali 

Wiku specifically praised the government and the people of Bali regarding the handling of COVID-19 in their area. According to Wiku, the weekly cases in Bali continue to decline to 286 cases per week at this time, since experiencing a peak in July of 554 cases.

Some of Wiku's parameters are the reasons why Bali deserves thumbs up in handling the pandemic.

Bali had taken the initiative to form a Task Force for Handling COVID-19 long before the task force at the national level was formed, said Wiku. Plus the closure of several tourism objects including cockfighting or tajen which is a tradition of Balinese citizens, as well as eliminating several traditional and religious activities, so several factors can explain why the COVID-19 case in Bali can be controlled.

Culturally, according to Wiku, Bali has succeeded in finding a certain bond to be able to remind all its citizens of the dangers of the corona pandemic.

"Things like this have been carried out by the leadership in Bali by mobilizing and organizing traditional villages in Bali with the mutual cooperation task force and conducting non-regular and scale activities in the context of preventing Covid-19," he explained.

Not only that, Bali's efforts to provide hotels and transportation for medical personnel who handle COVID-19, prepare quarantine places for Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) and Balinese crew members with adequate capacity and quality of service, as well as rapid tests conducted on all PMIs and Crew members both at the airport and at the port are also considered to be steps in handling COVID-19 that deserve appreciation.

Wiku then said that if all regions in Indonesia made the same efforts as Bali, then "Indonesia has tremendous potential to get out of the COVID-19 problem".

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