On 17 August, Indonesia celebrates Independence Day with a day of parades and revelry. On such patriotic occasions, foreigners the world over are usually relegated to being mere outsiders.
According to WHO at (covid19.who.int), as of 5 July 2020, there have been 11,125,245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 528,204 deaths in comparison to 6,057,853 confirmed cases and 371,166 deaths on 1 June.
In its 493rd anniversary, Jakarta has no time for festive. In the time of crisis, the city must also look for civic engagement that requires us to prioritise collaboration and public service.