Local gov’ts need to strengthen Omicron prevention: Epidemiologist

Field epidemiologist from Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed) dr. Yudhi Wibowo reminded local governments to continue strengthening efforts to prevent the spread of Omicron, following reports of two confirmed COVID-19 patients who died from the variant. “Regional governments need to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of Omicron, one of which is by tightening the application of health protocols,” he said here on Sunday. The lecturer at the Unsoed Medical Faculty also reminded the local governments to enhance socialization on the importance of using masks in a good and correct way…

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Two workers test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at Juanda Airport

Two Indonesian migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19 based on the result of PCR swab test conducted upon arrival at Juanda Surabaya Airport in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Saturday. The two are among 129 Indonesian migrant workers who arrived at the airport by Malaysian Airlines. “I along with Chief of the (East Java) Provincial Police directly monitored the COVID-19 screening process, starting from the airport to quarantine place at Sukolilo Hajj Dormitory in Surabaya,” Chief of the Brawijaya Regional Military Command V Major General Nurcahyanto said in a written statement…

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Epidemiologist cautions on potential third wave of COVID-19 cases

Griffith University Australia epidemiologist Dicky Budiman has cautioned on the potential third wave of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. “The potential of the third wave is very clear. This potential is related to the population that doesn’t yet have immunity to the virus and those whose immunity has decreased,” said Dicky Budiman when contacted by ANTARA here on Sunday. Based on studies, a person’s immunity against COVID-19 transmission will decrease five months after receiving a complete vaccination. “Nothing lasts long, that’s a fact. So the potential spike in cases caused by Omicron…

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Indonesia’s Strong Quake Injures One, Causes Property Damage

One person was injured after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province yesterday, according to official sources. The earthquake also damaged a church and several houses, the country’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said, adding that, no deaths were reported and the tremors did not potentially trigger giant waves of tsunami. The quake jolted at 9:26 a.m. (0226 GMT), with the epicentre at 39 km south-east of Melonguane town, in Talaud district, and the depth at 12 km under the seabed, the agency said. The intensity of the quake…

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Ende to vaccinate 90 percent of targeted populace by March

Vaccination (rate) for the elderly is still in the 40s, which means that (we still need to vaccinate) around four thousand in order to push it to reach 60 percent Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara The Ende government, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, aims to inoculate 90 percent of its total targeted population against COVID-19 by March 2022. “Our target for this vaccination program is (to vaccinate people, and it) must be more than 90 percent for doses one and two,” Head of the Ende District Health Office Aries Dwi…

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Indonesia logs 3,205 daily COVID-19 cases

Jakarta A total of 3,205 people were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 on Saturday, with 2,889 cases involving local transmission and the rest involving transmission during international travel, the COVID-19 handling task force informed. According to data gathered by the task force, 627 patients recovered and five patients succumbed to the virus on Saturday. Meanwhile, the total number of cases recorded nationwide since March 2020 reached 4,283,453, with total recoveries pegged at 4,122,555 and deaths at 144,206. With the additional cases, the number of active cases, or patients undergoing treatment…

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