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Surabaya acting-mayor objects social restriction

Tempo - January 7, 2021

Kukuh S.Wibowo, Jakarta – Surabaya acting-mayor, Whisnu Sakti Buana, on late Wednesday, Jan. 6, questioned the central government's decision to include Surabaya in the upcoming social restriction or PSBB. He argued that the region has seen a dropping number of Covid-19 cases prior to Christmas and New Year's holidays.

"At the moment, there are four regencies in East Java with red zone status that are not subjected to PSBB enactment. That's what I protested against," wrote Whisnu in Wednesday's press release.

According to Whisnu, social restriction must be fairly implemented and not just partially aimed at several regions. He feared that the healthcare facilities in areas that are improving would receive Covid-19 patients from places that have rampant cases of infections.

"Especially looking at our good handling of the situation, we would only be getting added pressure. Not only in terms of the Covid-19 mitigation but also in a broader sense," said Whisnu in between the region's Covid-19 meeting.

The central government announced that it would enact the PSBB on a number of regions in Bali and Java Island due to the rising number of confirmed cases.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1420964/surabaya-acting-mayor-objects-social-restrictio