Swab test now a requirement for meeting President Joko Widodo following scares

President Joko Widodo speaking from behind a clear acrylic divider at the Presidential Palace. Photo: Instagram/@jokowi
President Joko Widodo speaking from behind a clear acrylic divider at the Presidential Palace. Photo: Instagram/@jokowi

Anyone wishing to personally meet with President Joko Widodo will now be subject to more stringent health screenings following a couple of scares related to COVID-19.

Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono today said that a negative PCR swab test result is now required for meeting Jokowi after two officials recently tested positive for the coronavirus days after coming in close contact with the president.

“In addition to the [swab test], on the day of the visit, the visitor will also be required to undergo a rapid test,” Heru said in a written statement.

Other health protocols being enforced to ensure the president’s health include a mandatory 2.5 meter distance between Jokowi and his visitors. 

Clear acrylic dividers have also been set up on the president’s oval table, on which Jokowi regularly holds meetings with ministers, other government officials, and guests at the Presidential Palace.

In late July, Solo Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo tested positive for the coronavirus following a recent meeting with President Jokowi. Some days later, Jokowi inaugurated Riau Islands Governor Isdianto at the Presidential Palace, who later tested positive for the coronavirus as well.

On Saturday, Jokowi announced that he and First Lady Iriana tested negative for the coronavirus after undergoing swab tests on Friday. The president took the opportunity to remind the public to keep themselves in shape and to obey health protocols.

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