JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia recorded an increase in the number of new cases of COVID Omicron at the end of last week, there were 66 additional cases, bringing the total to 572 cases.
The new cases consisted of 33 international travelers and 33 local transmissions. As a follow-up, all patients are required to carry out a health quarantine. The majority are undergoing quarantine at the Kemayoran Athlete Hospital RSDC. The number is around 339 people, the rest are undergoing quarantine in hospitals that have been appointed by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.
Regarding the patients' condition, the Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination of the Ministry of Health, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi said there was no difference in symptom characteristics between patients traveling abroad and patients with local transmission.
Most of the symptoms are mild and asymptomatic. The most common symptoms experienced by patients are cough, runny nose, and fever.
"Almost half or around 276 people have finished undergoing isolation, while the remaining 296 people are still in isolation. From the results of monitoring in the field, the majority of symptoms are mild and asymptomatic. So it doesn't need serious treatment," he said.
The Omicron Case Dominates The addition of Omicron cases in recent times has had implications for a spike in daily cases nationwide. In fact, the proportion of the Omicron variant is much higher than the delta variant.
"From the results of monitoring carried out by the Ministry of Health, probable cases of Omicron have started to rise since the beginning of 2022. Most of the perpetrators of overseas travel, this also has an impact on the increase in daily cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia," he said.
Facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health will increase the implementation of 3T namely Testing, Tracing, and Treatment, especially in areas that have the potential to experience high case transmission. "We have taken steps to anticipate the spread of Omicron by intensifying 3T, especially in the areas of Java and Bali," he said.
For testing, the Ministry of Health has distributed SGTF kits to all supervisory labs and government labs and ensured that they are sufficient. The capacity of PCR and SGTF examinations is also sought to be accelerated, so that case finding can be carried out as early as possible.
Regarding tracing, the Ministry of Health will increase the tracing ratio in areas where the number of positive cases is more than 30 people to prevent a wider spread. The tracing process will also involve the TNI, Polri, and the community.