JAKARTA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia will face further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming holiday running from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, President Joko Widodo said on Monday.
Indonesia has experienced an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases after long holidays several months ago, the president said at a limited cabinet meeting at the Merdeka Palace in capital Jakarta.
"We need to discuss hereof, so that long holidays and mass leaves do not have any impact on the increase in the COVID-19 cases," Widodo said.
Indonesia must ease the increasing trend of the COVID-19 cases, although currently the country's national average rate of active COVID-19 cases is lower than that in the world, said the president.
As of Oct. 18, Indonesia's average rate of active COVID-19 cases stood at 17.69 percent, compared with the global average of 22.54 percent.