In a bid to ensure that the spike in cases will not occur in the coming Christmas and New Year, the Government continues to observe the development of COVID-19 cases, Minister of Health Budi G. Sadikin has announced.
“We are observing the pandemic situation in all regencies/cities in Indonesia and everything is still good, so we do not need to worry. However, we are also monitoring those that have the potential to increase (in the number of cases),” Budi said in a press statement after attending the Limited Cabinet Meeting on Evaluation of Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) at the Presidential Office, Monday (22/11).
Based on observations, the Minister continued, there are a number of cities that experienced an increase in confirmed cases, although the number was still small and positivity rate as well as bed occupancy in hospitals are still low, such as in Fakfak, Purbalingga, and North Lampung.
“We are observing approximately 19 cities closely since there has been an increase in cases,” Budi said, adding that the Ministry is also monitoring the implementation of tracing and testing in each region so that it can take corrective steps if there are still flaws.
Budi further said that testing should be carried out on close contacts from tracing process. He also urged all regional heads to always improve and maintain the discipline of tracing and testing. “This is very important steps to prevent a new wave,” he added.
The Government is also monitoring the development of COVID-19 cases abroad and intensifying the implementation of genome sequencing to detect and prevent the spread of new variants of the virus in Indonesia, Budi said.
“We study and monitor all events and situations related to COVID-19 cases in foreign countries and report them to President Joko Widodo so that we remain vigilant, especially during the Christmas and New Year period,” the Minister remarked. (MAY/UN) (GWH/LW)
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