As Indonesia’s most populous province weighed tough movement limitations to end the new coronavirus, it turned to a loosely-knit volunteer team of facts scientists and health experts.
The Kawal COVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19) team structured a facts model offered to the provincial governor that confirmed there could be 70,000 fatalities by July in West Java if no limitations have been imposed compared with only twenty,000 if it took tough action.
West Java province locked down.
“They have been keen to give aid and we recognized it,” claimed Ridwansyah Yusuf Achmad, an adviser to the West Java governor who organised the on-line meetings with Kawal volunteers and praised the team as patriotic for donating its know-how.
He, and other West Java officers, claimed the modelling from Kawal had swung the argument.
In the facial area of patchy facts and conflicting advice from Indonesia’s central governing administration about measures to combat coronavirus,