Omicron Case in Indonesia Soars Sharply So 254 People, 15 Local Transmission

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Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi said that the addition of confirmed cases of Omicron in Indonesia was still happening. Dominated by Indonesian citizens who have just returned from overseas trips.

Based on the update of Omicron’s confirmation cases, the Ministry of Health noted that there were 92 new confirmed cases on January 4, 2021.

Now, the total number of Omicron cases has increased to 254 cases, consisting of 239 cases from international travelers (imported cases) and 15 cases from local transmission.

“The majority (of transmission) are still dominated by foreign travelers. From the results of monitoring, most of them are mild and asymptomatic. The most common symptoms are coughs (49%) and runny noses (27%).

As we know, Omicron has a much faster transmission rate than the Delta variant. Since it was first discovered on November 24, 2021 in South Africa, Omicron has now been detected in more than 110 countries and is expected to continue to expand. At the national level, the movement of Omicron has also continued to increase since it was first confirmed on December 16, 2021.

As a form of government preparedness in preventing and controlling the transmission of the Omicron variant. The Ministry of Health issues Circular (SE) Number HK.02.01/MENKES/1391/2021 regarding the Prevention and Control of Cases of COVID-19 Variant Omicron (B.1.1.529) signed by the Minister of Health on December 30, 2021.

SE No. HK.02.01-MENKES-1391-2021 concerning Prevention and Control of Cases of COVID-19 Omicron Variant (B.1.1.529)

The issuance of this regulation is to strengthen synergies between the central government and regional governments, health service facilities, health human resources and other stakeholders as well as to equalize perceptions in the management of positive COVID-19 confirmed patients.

In addition, the Ministry of Health also encourages regions to strengthen 3T (Testing, Tracing, Treatment) activities, actively monitor if new clusters of COVID-19 are found and immediately report and coordinate with the center if confirmed cases of Omicron are found in their area.

“The main point of this regulation is to strengthen central and regional coordination and health facilities in dealing with the threat of Omicron transmission. Given that in recent times cases of local transmission continue to increase. Therefore, regional readiness in responding to the spread of Omicron is very important so as not to cause new clusters of COVID-19 transmission,” he said.

In addition to readiness in terms of health facilities and infrastructure, dr. Nadia again emphasized that individual vigilance must continue to be increased to avoid the potential for transmission of Omicron. The 5M health protocol and vaccination must go hand in hand as the key to protecting yourself and those around you from Omicron transmission.