Jokowi reminds public to continue using face masks

JAKARTA: Indonesians were reminded to continue wearing face masks, despite being deemed to be at a safe level against positive Covid-19 cases, by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Health minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said this here on Tuesday, according to the Antara news agency.

"President Joko Widodo reminded us to wear masks again amid the increase in Covid-19 cases. We must be careful," he said and that the average daily infections were around 2,000.

As of Tuesday, the total reached 6,112,986 after an increase of 1,681 cases.

The number of positive infections however is is still at a safe level according to the standard set by WHO.

"Right now, it is still at two thousand, so as long as it is still below 7,800, we will stick to level one of Community Activity Restriction (PPKM). As long as it is below 7,800 cases, the condition is still very good and normal," Budi said.

He however said the presidential directive to curb Covid-19 transmission by wearing masks needs to be adhered.

This should be especially monitored in closed rooms or crowded places where the likelihood of coming in contact with several people was high, Budi added.

In May, Joko spoke of an easing of the policy on wearing masks in open areas after taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic situation that was considered under control.

The president however decided that masks should continue to be worn as long as the pandemic still existed.

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