Secretary of the KPU-Papua Provincial Office Ryllo Ashuri Panay stated that one of its members had contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and was under hospitalization at a local facility.
“Currently, the commission’s member is receiving treatment in the hospital’s isolation ward,” notified local journalists in Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province.
In halting the potential transmission of COVID-19, the commission authority will spray disinfectant at the KPU office; organize swab tests for the commission’s members and employees at its secretariat; and initiate a work-from-home (WFH) policy.
In Papua Province, the KPU office is tasked with ensuring the smooth convening of the simultaneous regional elections in the districts of Waropen, Supiori, Merauke, Yalimo, Boven Digul, Asmat, Mamberamo Raya, Nabire, Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang, and Yahukimo.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) restated the significance of applying strict COVID-19 prevention health protocols across all stages of the 2020 regional elections, as public health remains an unwavering priority.
The country has recorded a spike in the COVID-19 infection rate, with over three thousand new cases added daily. This is in addition to the fact that over 100 frontline doctors have succumbed to the infection.
On September 3, 2020, for instance, 3,622 new cases were conveyed over a 24-hour period, and on September 8, Indonesia recorded 3,046 fresh infections, which brought the total tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 200,035.