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INDONESIA RANKS 7th IN GDP GROWTH DURING PANDEMIC

As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

10.05.2021
BY THE S MEDIA NEWS DESK
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COVID-19 has affected both the economy and health care around the world. But Indonesia has significant strength in its GDP growth from the previous year, 2020 Q2. Indonesia ranked 7th right after Norway with a GDP growth of -5.4% during the novel coronavirus pandemic. 
 

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Overall, Indonesia is ranked as one of the best countries that can handle the economy's downfall due to the pandemic. Additionally, it's also ranked 6th as the country that is less impacted by the pandemic economically. 
 

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IIt is a significant achievement as 190 reported countries are affected by the pandemic. Additionally, Indonesia has the most populations compared to the top 10 countries listed, with 270.6 million. 

 

  1. Taiwan
  2. South Korea
  3. Lithuania
  4. Finland
  5. Norway 
  6. Indonesia
  7. Nigeria
  8. Israel
  9. Poland
  10. Bulgaria

 

Additionally, it is such a significant achievement as Indonesia is a developing country compared to Taiwan and South Korea. Taiwan and Korea have a smaller population than Indonesia, with at least 23.57 million and 51.71 million.

 

According to Our World Data, at least 7.58 million people (29 April 2021) have been vaccinated, with the hope to bring back everyday life as soon as possible. However, to prevent the spreading of the novel coronavirus and its new strains, the government has banned mudik or the tradition of going home to meet up with families and close ones. Thus, this is the second year that Indonesians could not celebrate Lebaran together with their families. It is understandably difficult for most people. Additionally, most travels are banned except for labor, working, and visiting someone who's passed. 

 

The government also encourages Indonesian to keep their mask on, as there are novel new coronavirus variants. Social distancing is still a must to reduce cluster spreading of the virus. Wishlist, the Indonesian government needs to improve its contact tracing.

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