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Covid-19 Cases Increases in Several Provinces, Jokowi Emphasizes the Importance of Using Masks

President Joko Widodo asked regional heads to emphasize the importance of wearing masks to all citizens. He reminded that a number of ...

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President Joko Widodo President Joko Widodo asked regional heads to emphasize the importance of wearing masks to all citizens. 

He reminded that a number of provinces are currently experiencing an increase in Covid-19 cases. Therefore, the use of masks is very necessary to protect yourself from transmission of the corona virus. 

"Emphasize to the public about the use of masks, wearing masks will protect approximately 95 percent of our society," said Jokowi while reviewing the Covid-19 vaccination in Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Wednesday, (5/19/2021). 

Jokowi wants all people to use masks anywhere and in any activity. 

He said the World Health Organization (WHO) had stated that masks were able to protect a person from transmitting the virus by up to 95 percent. 

This appeal applies not only to provinces that have experienced an increase in Covid-19 cases, but people throughout Indonesia. 

In addition to implementing health protocols, Jokowi also encouraged the acceleration of Covid-19 vaccination in all regions.

Especially for areas that have experienced an increase in coronavirus cases such as the Riau Islands, the President has asked Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin to send more vaccines.

Jokowi said that the more people who are vaccinated, the faster herd immunity is formed. 

"Immunity, communal immunity, will be reached immediately and we can all return to normal again," he said.

Previously, Jokowi revealed 15 provinces that experienced an increase in active cases of Covid-19. He also asked regional heads in these provinces to be careful. 

"15 provinces have now experienced an increase," said Jokowi when giving directions to regional heads throughout Indonesia which was broadcast on the Presidential Secretariat YouTube, Tuesday (5/18/2021). 

The 15 provinces referred to by Jokowi are Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bangka Belitung. There are also DKI Jakarta, Maluku, Banten, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), North Maluku, Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and Gorontalo.

"Most of them are in Sumatra, and are in Java, and also in Sulawesi and Kalimantan," said Jokowi. (*)

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Penulis: Lia Sisvita Dinatri
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