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  • :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 (, Executive Director and Henri Pratama (, 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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