Indonesian National Police forces are guarding the markets against massive buying.

Indonesian police force guard markets to tackle hoarding

Indonesian National Police forces dispatched its personnel to guard and monitor supermarkets to traditional markets in an anticipation of hoarding trend amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Indonesia was officially confirmed on Monday.

Speaking at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs, National Police’s Internal Affairs Division Chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, once the news about the suspect circulated, the National Police immediately went down to monitor all marketplace.

Sigit admitted that some supermarkets and traditional markets saw a surge in trading activities. Regarding the locations, Sigit refused to disclose. However, Sigit ensured that his team is still monitoring the activities in order to keep the peace and prevent any unwanted unrest. Everything to prevent any awful escalation.

Per Monday, Indonesia officially recorded two confirmed cases of COVID-19 from Depok, West Java, a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter. Both cases happened after the infected met with Japanese nationals residing in Malaysia.

Similar to any local governments, Jakarta Government temporarily halts all mass gatherings in the capital. Disinfectants and all prevention measures are also prepared at public transportation including mass-rapid transport (MRT) and TransJakarta.

Meanwhile, the ground zero of the infection, West Java Government plans to establish crisis centers for COVID-19 and instruct all hospitals to be ready.