JAKARTA – The Indonesian Government through the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 recorded an increase in the number of cases cured per Sunday (26/4) to 1,107 after there were an increase of 65 people. While the case died to 743 after there were additions of 23 people. Government Press Secretary for Handling COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto asserted that COVID-19 can only be prevented by a strong discipline and a spirit of mutual cooperation carried out by all elements of the nation continuously without interruption. Yurianto invited all people to fight COVID-19 by increasing their immunity, staying patient and calm, not panicking, getting enough and regular rest, keeping a distance, using masks, and washing their hands with soap and running water. Some regions in Indonesia have implemented a Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy that must be obeyed by every citizen. PSSB is a limitation of certain activities in an area suspected of being infected with COVID-19. The purpose of the PSBB is to stop the spread of the virus so that it is not getting more and more widespread due to local transmission which is still happening today.
Physical handling has also been carried out by the Indonesia Govenrment through the Ministry of Public Works and Housing by constructing an Emergency Hospital on Galang Island, Riau Islands Province & Wisma Kemayoran Atlet, DKI Jakarta Province, and continuing the construction of UGM Hospital in DI Yogyakarta Province. The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing also accelerated the realization of the Padat Karya Program (cash for work program) in 2020 with a budget of Rp 10 trillion spread across 34 Provinces. The acceleration of the Padat Karya Program is mainly to maintain people’s purchasing power and reduce unemployment amid uncertain economic conditions due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic according to President Joko Widodo’s instructions. The Padat Karya Program budget is used for 7 programs, namely the Acceleration Improvement Program for Irrigation Water Use (P3TGAI), Routine Maintenance of Roads & Bridges, Regional Socio-Economic Infrastructure Development (PISEW), structuring of Cities without Slums (KOTAKU), Waste Reduction Management Sites, Reuse, Recycle (TPS 3R), Provision of Community-Based Drinking Water and Sanitation (Pamsimas) and Community-Based Sanitation (Sanimas), New Development and Improvement of Self-Help Homes.