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Volunteer army in Indonesia helps fight coronavirus with data, web

May 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
JAKARTA: As Indonesia's most populous province weighed tough movement restrictions to stop the new coronavirus, it turned to a loosely-knit volunteer group of data scientists and health experts.

In the face of patchy data and conflicting advice from Indonesia's central government over measures to fight coronavirus, Kawal's 800 volunteers have emerged as an increasingly important source of information and guidance.

Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia who is part of Kawal, presented the data to officials in West Java, home to over 50 million of Indonesia's 270 million people.

Kawal's online chat groups connect officials and civil servants across Indonesia.

Kawal compiles raw data from provincial governments and hospitals that also shows those cases and deaths for which doctors can see no reason other than coronavirus - but which were never tested.