- Jul 13, 2016
Preventing millions of now unemployed people from leaving Jakarta doesn't seem like a good idea either. Not sure what the best answer is.
In fairness Indonesia isn't the only country caught off guard - this is a once in a generation type of an event which few saw coming, and fewer were prepared for, except perhaps those countries like Taiwan who had a dress rehearsal in SARS.whatever it is one thing for sure- too little too late.
I do not fault the government for failing to act in January... most of the world assumed COVID19 would just be another flu-type virus, albeit a slightly more dangerous one and due to seasonality would not be that big of a concern for tropical countries. In hindsight, the semi-lockdown should have happened sooner and been taken more seriously, but it is never an easy call to demolish a significant portion of the economy - especially when there are radicals who look for any excuse to demand "khilafa".In absolute fairness they have known about it since January...
The movie Contagion was actually made in consultation with an expert in the field: Larry Brilliant.I've read several articles wherein it is claimed scientists have predicted some kind of epidemic would hit for several years now. Nobody took them serious, or the countries claimed they were ready (USA..).
I'm handling a lot of US citizens in my job, quite a few actually prefer to stay in Indonesia compared to the shitshow in the US at the moment.
Which does make you think, even if the government is hiding the real figures, an outbreak on a scale as the US would be difficult to hide with all the social media here..Interesting thing is that first case in New York and in Jakarta were almost on the same date-March 2nd.
Where is NY now and where is Jakarta now. There are no dozens of thousands of patients in Jakarta in need for ventilators, like in NY. What is the reason? Jakarta is 40% slums, should be much more spread and much more dead. NY has 350 dead till now and Jakarta around 50.
With all social media in Indonesia, it would be hard to hide the number of dead people.Which does make you think, even if the government is hiding the real figures, an outbreak on a scale as the US would be difficult to hide with all the social media here..
Maybe in Jakarta... but not in smaller cities.Most now wear those anti spitting masks which you put on your chin.
China has been sending aid to many countries, and they are very much appreciated by the recipient countries. Hopefully, Indonesia will be grateful as well. And not politicize and downplay it like what happened with the recent arrival of medical supplies from China where speculations include rumors that it was purchased by the government or by Prabowo himself using his own money.There's another huge shipment of medical equipment coming from China. As well as a team of doctors. They just boarded.