BONSERNEWS.com – President Jokowi stated that Indonesia will enter the Covid-19 endemic period in the near future. When entering the endemic period, the government no longer pays for citizens who have contracted Covid. Jokowi said the endemic period would be within the next one or two weeks.
“Within a week or two, we will declare that we have entered endemic. Be careful if you have entered endemic, if you get COVID-19 you will pay,” said Jokowi, Monday 19 June 2023.
Jokowi then revealed that handling the Covid pandemic was his toughest task during his nearly 10 years as president. This is because an outbreak is unpredictable and has never happened before.
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“Really, we don’t know when it will end, in what way it will be completed, and how strong this will be for how many months, how many years, we don’t know,” he explained.
According to Jokowi, the success in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is something to be grateful for. He returned to remembering the difficult times at the start of COVID-19.
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“We remember that at the beginning we were fighting over masks with all countries, the price was up to IDR 500,000, buying medicine until it increased 20 times to 30 times, buying vaccines too.
Previously it was reported, the Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that Jokowi would announce a new policy related to the handling of Corona.
“Later the President will announce it. It’s up to him. Earlier, he just updated the President about what the current pandemic situation is like. What are the other countries in the G20 like, what is ASEAN like. Then what alternative policies do you want to take. He promised to make an announcement himself at the right time ,” said Budi. ()