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President Joko Widodo Officially Extends the Covid-19 Pandemic Status in Indonesia

President Joko Widodo has officially extended the status of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. This decision was stipulated through Presidential ..

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President Joko Widodo -- President Joko Widodo has officially extended the status of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

This decision was stipulated through Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 24 of 2021 which was signed on December 31, 2021. 

"Determining the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic which is a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization's statement is factually still happening and has not ended in Indonesia," the presidential decree said, quoted by, Sunday (2/1/2022). 

In the Presidential Decree, Jokowi considered that the COVID-19 pandemic and spread, which was declared a global pandemic by WHO since March 11, 2020 and was designated as a public health emergency based on Presidential Decree No. 11/2020 and non-natural disasters based on Presidential Decree No. 12/2020, hadn't ended and had an impact on various aspects, including health, economy, and society in Indonesia. 

In addition, Jokowi also considered the Constitutional Court Decision Number 37/PUU-XVIII/2020 which emphasized the importance of the president's statement on the factual status of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia. 

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Presidential Decree 24/2021 states, during the pandemic, the government implements policies in the field of state finances and financial system stability based on Law Number 2 of 2020 concerning Stipulation of Government Regulations in Lieu of Law Number 1 of 2020 concerning State Financial Policy and Financial System Stability for Handling the Covid-19 Pandemic 19 and/or in the Context of Facing Threats that Endanger the National Economy and/or Financial System Stability becomes a law. 

Then, the law that regulates the state revenue and expenditure budget after going through the legislative process with the DPR, including in the context of approving budget allocations and determining the budget deficit limit for handling the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts, and after receiving consideration from the DPD, as well as other regulations. 

Next, in the context of handling, controlling, and/or preventing the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts, particularly in the health, economic and social fields, the government may establish policy rules through the establishment of a funding scheme between the government and business entities engaged in financing health services and other schemes. (*lia)

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