A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita

Coronavirus: Covid-19 could live on in Indonesia long after world recovers

  • The country’s remote, isolated islands offer a perfect spot for the disease to hide and fester if the Jokowi government fails to act swiftly enough
  • It needs to reach out to the regions now, and test, test, test

A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
A volunteer from Indonesia’s Red Cross disinfects a school closed amid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
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Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is an academic at Universitas Islam Indonesia and is a researcher associate at Jakarta-based Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF). His research focuses on China's foreign policy in Indonesia and the Middle East. He completed his PhD on the Belt and Road Initiatives in the Gulf at the University of Manchester in 2018.