Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Thursday that Indonesians must end the coronavirus epidemic because it will remain until a viable vaccine is invented.
Despite the government’s unremitting efforts to contain the epidemic, the number of confirmed cases cannot drop to zero immediately, but they will continue to fluctuate, said the president.
“The chances are that the number of cases will increase, then decrease and increase and decrease again. Until an effective vaccine is invented, we must reach an agreement with Covid-19 for an unpredictable future,” said Jokowi in a video statement from the State Palace in central Jakarta.
Indonesia has 12,776 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 338 since Wednesday, according to the national working group Covid-19.
The task force also reported 35 additional deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 930 in another fluctuating trend. Daily deaths were set at 23 days the day before and just eight Tuesday. The country has only counted the deaths of Covid-19 from cases confirmed on the basis of tests on laboratory samples.
The number of patients who recovered from respiratory disease increased from 64 to 2,381 patients.
According to the data, probable cases in hospitals also increased by 1,576 to 28,508.
Jokowi said the government has preferred to impose a partial lockdown in certain areas rather than a complete lockdown since the start of the epidemic to allow economic activities to continue to some degree.
People are allowed to leave their homes but mass gatherings are strictly prohibited, he said.
“I have to reiterate that the most important thing is to strictly follow the health protocol,” said Jokowi.
The president said earlier that he wanted all resources to be allocated to the fight against the epidemic and its mitigation measures, adding that the peak should be reached this month.