COVID-19 in Indonesia: What should we expect in the coming months?

Strict mobility curbs, initially called emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat) now is PPKM level 4, are a necessary and much-awaited response from the government, although this measure has come too late from the public health perspective. Putting the controversy aside, the implementation of PPKM Darurat from July 1 to July 25 deserves appreciation because the government had repeatedly demonstrated reluctance to take tough measures and had even shown denial during the first wave of COVID-19 outbreak. Yet stricter measures are only the first step to lessen virus transmission within the community.
The government has a limited capacity to monitor micro-interactions in private spaces, where transmission risk is considerably high. The next step depends on community behavior and cooperation to achieve herd immunity or a low transmission rate.

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