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24 Jan 2023
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COVID-19 PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROTOCOL IN OFFICES/WORKPLACES DURING THE TRANSITION TO AN ENDEMIC PERIOD

Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially revoked the implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM) in all regions of Indonesia on Friday, December 30, 2022.

"Indonesia is among the countries that have managed to control the COVID-19 pandemic well and at the same time maintain its economic stability,"

President Jokowi said. In recent months the COVID-19 pandemic has been increasingly under control in Indonesia. In December 27, 2022, the daily COVID-19 cases reached 1.7 cases per 1000,000 population, the weekly positivity rate reached 3.35%, the hospitalization rate was at 4.79%, and the mortality rate was at 2.39%.

These are all below WHO standards, with all districts/cities in Indonesia currently at PPKM level 1 status where restrictions on crowds and movement of people are at a low level.

"After reviewing and considering these conditions for approximately 10 months, today the government has decided to revoke the PPKM as stipulated in the Minister of Home Affairs instructions number 50 and 51 of 2022," said the president.

Because the pandemic has not fully ended and to anticipate a new wave, the Health Emergency Status (Presidential Decree 11/12 2020) is still maintained, following the PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) status from the WHO World Health Organization.

The President asked all people and components of the nation to remain careful and vigilant. He said the public must increase awareness and vigilance in facing the risk of COVID-19.

Wearing masks in crowds and indoor spaces must be continued. Vaccination awareness should continue to be promoted because it will help increase immunity and people must be more independent in preventing transmission, detecting symptoms, and seeking treatment.

Government officials and institutions must remain on standby. Health facilities in the region must be on standby along with health workers. Ensure that the handling mechanism continues to run, especially vaccination.

"So the regional task force remains during the transition period,"

Jokowi further explained that Indonesia is among the G20 countries that have not experienced a pandemic wave in 10 months 11 months in a row.

"We remember that at the peak of the Delta, we were at 56 thousand cases in 2021 and in 2022 we experienced another pandemic peak because the omicron was at 64 thousand daily cases.

"We need to convey that the pandemic condition is also increasingly under control if we look at daily cases as of December 29, only 685, then the mortality rate is at 2.39 percent.

"The revocation of PPKM is also based on the high level of population immunity. From the Sero Survey in December 2021 it was at 87.8%, in July 2022 it was at 98.5%. This means that our community immunity is at a very high level," said the president.

This news was broadcast by the Bureau of Communication and Public Services, Ministry of Health. For further information, please contact the Ministry's Halo hotline number 1500-567, SMS 081281562620, facsimile (021) 5223002, 52921669, and email address kontak@kemkes.go.id (D2).

The issuance of Home Affairs Ministerial Instruction Number 53 of 2022 in this case regarding the prevention and control of Covid-19 from pandemic to endemic and in accordance with the decision of the president on December 30, 2022 regarding the revocation of PPKM throughout Indonesia because it has been under control, namely:

  1. high level of immunity in the community,
  2. Better health capacity readiness,
  3. Fast economic recovery
  4. The follow-up to the President of the Republic of Indonesia's directive regarding the termination of PPKM status.

The termination of PPKM as referred to in the presidential directive is not a statement that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, because the statement that the pandemic is over must be declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In order to continue to control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a surge in cases, a transition period to endemic conditions is needed with proactive, persuasive, focused, and coordinated strategies so that the spread of Covid-19 does not reappear.

PROCEDURES FOR CONTROLLING AND PREVENTING COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE

A. HEALTH PROTOCOL

1). Encourage the public to continue using masks properly, especially:

  1. In crowds and crowded community activities;
  2. inside closed and narrow buildings/rooms (including in public transportation);
  3. People with symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as coughing, runny nose, and sneezing).
  4. People with confirmed close contact.

2). Encourage people to keep washing their hands with soap or hand sanitizer.

3) Remind the public that the risk of COVID-19 transmission can still occur so that they remain vigilant and increase their resilience to avoid contracting COVID-19.

4) Encourage the implementation of the PeduliLindungi application to enter/use public facilities including for domestic travelers who will use public transportation.

B. SURVEILLANCE

1). Encourage the public to carry out examinations (testing) for those with symptoms of COVID-19;

2). Continue to provide attention and protection from the risk of COVID-19 transmission for special communities that are vulnerable to COVID-19 (such as nursing homes, boarding schools, prisons, orphanages, etc.); and

3). Increase public awareness to conduct testing if they become close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

C. VACCINATION

Encourage the public to continue to vaccinate primary doses and booster doses independently or centralized in public places such as offices, factories, places of worship, markets, and terminals.

D. COORDINATE WITH HR

Regarding employees who experience illness due to Covid-19, it is the authority of HR to conduct follow-up and work counseling.

 

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