“In the final analysis, human security is a child who did not die, a disease that did not spread, a job that was not cut, an ethnic tension that did not explode in violence, a dissident who was not silenced. Human security is not a concern with weapons – it is a concern with human life and dignity.” (UNDP 1994: 22)

As of April 23, Indonesia has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Southeast Asia with 635. The number continues to grow despite the government changing tack in addressing its unpreparedness from about a month ago. On March 13th, Indonesia established the Task Force to Accelerate COVID19 Management under Presidential Decree No. 7 of 2020, which directly reports to President Joko Widodo. The Head of the National Disaster Management Agency, Doni Monardo, was appointed as the chief executive of this task force.