Proceedings of the First International Conference on Social Science, Humanity, and Public Health (ICOSHIP 2020)

Analysis of Decision, Plans, and Actions for the Containment of COVID-19 in Indonesia

Authors
Saut Sagala, Danang Azhari, Arief Rosyidie, Salma N. Annisa, Amesta K. Ramadhani, Rufaida N. Vicri, Ichsan Hafiz Loeksmanto, Muhammad Dimas Mahardika
Corresponding Author
Saut Sagala
Available Online 2 January 2021.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210101.040How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Indonesia, COVID-19, governance, government, policy
Abstract
The emergence and spread of the novel Coronavirus have placed a spotlight on the critical role of effective governance in managing a health crisis. In Indonesia, policymakers are continuously creating new ways to respond to the pandemic in order to manage its wide-ranging impacts. Similar to the rest of the world the highly heterogeneous impact of COVID-19 put the Indonesia Government in a difficult position. The government confined in a double crisis dilemma of health and the economy. As the crisis wreak havoc on Indonesia economy, the government has concentrated the countermeasures in dealing with the economic impact. And thus, this paper takes an in-depth look at Indonesia’s COVID-19 governance, as well as the rationale on why Indonesia seemingly prioritizes the economy with economy-oriented such as the social mobility policy in June. As a result, entering the sixth month of the pandemic, Indonesia continues to struggle to control rapid virus transmission. Realizing the severe health consequences, as well as a backlash, of downplaying the outbreak, the central government has stated that public health is instrumental and thus measures that to be taken will be based on the current health concerns. Nonetheless, in practice, the policies are still oriented towards economic recovery. Hence, this paper aims to answer the following research question: “What are the reasons for Indonesia’s ambivalent strategy in handling COVID-19?” this paper used qualitative analysis and the assessment utilized a desk review. The result shows that severe economic consequences and Indonesia’s limited capacity in providing assistance have forced Indonesia to reopen the economy to prevent large-scale financial crises. Practical implications of the findings and discussion can be treated as reflection and lessons learned to improve response strategy to the existing and future large-scale outbreak.
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AU  - Saut Sagala
AU  - Danang Azhari
AU  - Arief Rosyidie
AU  - Salma N. Annisa
AU  - Amesta K. Ramadhani
AU  - Rufaida N. Vicri
AU  - Ichsan Hafiz Loeksmanto
AU  - Muhammad Dimas Mahardika
PY  - 2021
DA  - 2021/01/02
TI  - Analysis of Decision, Plans, and Actions for the Containment of COVID-19 in Indonesia
BT  - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Social Science, Humanity, and Public Health (ICOSHIP 2020)
PB  - Atlantis Press
SP  - 178
EP  - 184
SN  - 2352-5398
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DO  - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210101.040
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