TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has announced that residents of the greater Jakarta or Jabodetabek region (short for Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi) have traveled to their hometown amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This annual tradition of mass exodus during the Eid holidays, known locally as Mudik, had caused an increase in the number of people under surveillance (ODP) for Covid-19 in other regions.
“Some people from Jabodetabek started going to their hometown early because we didn’t ban it. After the mudik, reports of the ODP in other regions began to appear, such as in Sumedang, “said Macrh, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport, Adita Irawati, on Friday 27.
The ministry’s director general of land transport, Budi Setiyadi, confirmed the government’s suspicions after passenger congestion at Type A terminals increased. The spike in bus travelers occurred from March 21 to 23 through the Wonogiri, Purwokerto and Solo Terminal, which are all located in central Java.
“According to our mapping, people who migrated from central Java looking for informal work in Jakarta were unemployed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They then decided to return to their hometown, ”said Budi Setiyadi.
The ministry says a ban on mudik was submitted to the central government in an attempt to limit the mobilization of people and curb the spread of the coronavirus. There had already been a recorded case of what was happening in central Java on March 21, where a man from Jakarta helped organize a family event in his hometown of Gunung Kidul before being tested positive for coronavirus.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA