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The Indonesia Ministry of Health (computer translated) reported this week a case of local transmission of the new variant of Omicron in Jakarta Tuesday.


The presence of one local transmission case increased the number of positive confirmed cases of Omicron in Indonesia to 47 cases. Thus, 46 cases were imported cases and 1 case was local transmission.

”The latest is the case of a 37-year-old man who has no history of traveling abroad in the last few months, nor any contact with foreign travellers,” said Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination Ministry of Health, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

It is known that the patient and his wife live in Medan, then go to Jakarta once a month. On December 6, 2021, they arrived in Jakarta and on December 17, 2021, they visited Mall Astha District 8 SCBD.

Then on December 19, 2021, they conducted an antigen examination at the Grand Family Hospital, Jakarta to return to Medan. The examination showed a positive result of COVID-19 in the patient, while the test result for his wife’s antigen was negative.

Then PCR was carried out on December 20, 2021. After an examination at the GSI (Genomic Solidarity Indonesia Laboratory) laboratory, confirmation was obtained from Omicron on December 26, 2021.

As a follow-up, the patient was isolated at the Sulianti Saroso Infection Center Hospital (RSPI). dr. Nadia said this was the first case of local transmission, so close supervision was needed by medical personnel and complete facilities to minimize the possibility of transmission. The patient’s clinical condition is currently asymptomatic.

‘Infection control in the hospital will be better and will be more stringent supervision. Therefore, we brought him to the RSPI hospital,” said dr. Nadia.

Tracing is still in process until now, considering that the person concerned is doing a lot of activities. That means, continued dr. Nadia, we have to look at 14 days before the patient is tested positive, which is 14 days before December 19, 2021. Tracing is carried out to find anyone who has close contact with the patient, including at restaurants in the SCBD area, the apartment where the patient lives, and other activities while the patient is in the hospital. Jakarta.

‘With the discovery of this local transmission case, the government again reminds and asks the public to reduce mobility, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Avoid crowds and also always wear a mask. Let’s invite our brothers and sisters who have not been vaccinated to be vaccinated immediately,” said dr. Nadia.

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