Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan (ANTARA) – Hidayatullah Muttaqin SE, MSI, Pg.D, a member of expert team for the Lambung Mangkurat University’s (ULM’s) COVID-19 Acceleration Handling,
said that surge in the positive case in the capital of South Kalimantan is alarming.
“In the first nine days of March, the infected people increased by 532. This situation puts Banjarmasin in a dangerous condition for the people in terms of transmission rate,” he said here on Wednesday.
Muttaqin admitted that he was concerned to find out that the mobility and activities of the people were going as in normal condition –as if the COVID-19 spike was not a big deal.
Whereas in other countries, such as China and New Zealand, he pointed out, if only one or two cases found, the government immediately took strategic measures by closing the territory and temporarily stopping people’s mobility.
They conducted a massive PCR test to capture the exposed people as many as possible. It was done to prevent wider transmission, then people can return to their activities as soon as possible.
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About The Author:
Hidayatullah Muttaqin adalah dosen Program Studi Ekonomi Pembangunan, Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Universitas Lambung Mangkurat, anggota Tim Pakar Covid-19 ULM dan Tim Ahli Satgas Covid-19 Provinsi Kalimantan Selatan.