The New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic continues to spread. To prevent the spread of the virus, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said today (21) that Indonesian people are prohibited from returning to their hometowns before the end of the Muslim fasting month next month.
Foreign media reported that the traditional fasting month of Muslims will begin on April 23, and nearly 20 million people travel through the Indonesian islands every year. Zoko said in a cabinet meeting that it has decided to ban people from returning home (mudik). According to a survey by the Ministry of Transport, about 270 million people in Indonesia, 24% of people insist on returning home after Ramadan, as of now 7% Of Indonesians have set out to return home.
Medical and health experts reminded that Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, with about 220 million people. The large-scale crowd movement during Ramadan may accelerate the spread of the epidemic. Researchers at the Public Health Faculty of the University of Indonesia (Public Health Faculty) last week pointed out that if the authorities did not prohibit returning home, as of July, the most populous island of Java may be infected by millions.
As of today (21), a total of 6,760 cases of new coronary pneumonia have been diagnosed and 590 deaths have occurred in Indonesia.