It would be unwise for people to continue to travel internationally.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,JAKARTA — Head of the Task Force Covid-19 PB IDI, Prof. Zubairi Djoerban emphasizes don’t underestimate the variance omicron even if the symptoms are mild. Because, when the case explodes, the hospital will still be full.
“Don’t underestimate Omicron even though the symptoms are mild. When the case explodes, the hospital will still be full. Health facilities are disrupted and the 100 percent PTM that has just started can be delayed again,” said Zubairi in his statement, Sunday (9/1/2022).
So, continued Zubairi, it would be unwise for people to continue to travel internationally for now. “I don’t think it’s wise to make unnecessary international travel at this time,” he said.
Spokesperson for Covid-19 vaccination from the Indonesian Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) Siti Nadia Tarmizi said, “Cumulatively the most cases came from Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Then most of the confirmed cases of Omicron are those who have completed the Covid-19 vaccination.
As many as 99% of isolated Omicron cases have mild or no symptoms. 97% of cases are dominated by foreign travelers and come from DKI Jakarta Province.
Furthermore, as many as 4.3% of cases had comorbidities such as Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension, and 1% of cases required oxygen therapy.
The Ministry of Health recommends treatment in the form of changes in management for asymptomatic patients and mild symptoms, for example adding the drugs molnupiravir and paxlovid for mild symptoms.
“In addition, it is necessary to prepare centralized isolation in DKI Jakarta and activate telemedicine programs for self-isolation in DKI Jakarta. Patients with comorbidities of any severity are hospitalized,” he said in Jakarta, Saturday (8/1/2022).
The Ministry of Health also recommends an assessment of the need for oxygen concentrators or isotans in areas with increased treatment cases, such as Jakarta, West Java and North Sulawesi.
From the results of monitoring, most of them are mild and asymptomatic. The most common symptoms are cough and runny nose.
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.
The Ministry of Health 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.
Individual vigilance must also continue to be increased to avoid potential 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.
As of Friday (7/1), the government recorded an additional 57 cases, bringing the total number of Omicron confirmations to 318. Most people infected with Omicron are those who have been fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic to mild symptoms.
The addition of 57 people consisted of 7 local transmissions and 50 foreign travelers. Overall, from the beginning of the Omicron case in December 2021 to Friday (7/1) there were 23 local transmission cases and 295 cases from overseas travelers.