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  • :0976 1121
  • :September
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.83, September 2020

 

Indonesia / COVID-19

Lack of Transparency

While small-scale fishers in Indonesia have not been hit by COVID-19 infections, the lockdown measures and economic policies have left them more vulnerable


This article is by Marthin Hadiwinata (hadiwinata.ahmad@gmail.com), Executive Director and Henri Pratama (henrixus@gmail.com), Associate Researcher, The Marine and Ecology Institute, Indonesia


The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has forced changes across the world. After cases spread rapidly outside Wuhan, China since January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. As the number of confirmed cases of infection crossed 31 mn in September, with more than 1 mn deaths, the pandemic has spread to about 200 countries. The United States, Brazil, India and Russia have recorded the greatest numbers.

Indonesia’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed on 2 March 2020, although epidemiologists had reportedly mentioned that the virus had entered Indonesia in late January. The WHO urged Indonesia, in a letter, to immediately take concrete steps to slow the spread of the virus and declare a national emergency. In early September, Indonesia ranked 23rd in the list of affected countries, with about 194,000 confirmed cases, and over...

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