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Indonesia Can Take Omicron Lessons from 6 Countries: COVID-19 Task Force

Antara - 21 January 2022 16:34 WIB
Indonesia Can Take Omicron Lessons from 6 Countries: COVID-19 Task Force
Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito (Photo:BNPB)
Jakarta: The Omicron surge in six countries could serve as a lesson for Indonesia to prevent domestic infections, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force has said.

The six countries are Italy, France, Canada, Australia, the United States, and England, national spokespersons for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Wiku Adisasmito said at an online press conference on Thursday evening.

 



"There are currently at least 150 countries that have more than 500 thousand confirmed Omicron cases. These six countries are included in the top 10 nations with the most cases, ranging from 3 thousand–160 thousand cases," he elaborated.

The six countries have recorded a significant rise in positive cases followed by a small increase in fatalities and demand for hospital treatment, Adisasmito said.

Out of the six countries, Italy has experienced the most significant increase in positive cases, with infections climbing 122 times to reach 1.3 million cases per week, he noted.

It is followed by Australia, where weekly cases have jumped 62 times to 760 thousand, France 43 times to 2 million cases, and Canada 18 times to 320 thousand cases, he said.

In addition, the United States has seen an 11-fold increase with cases reaching 5.6 million per week, while the number of cases in England has climbed two-fold to 700 thousand per week, he added.

"This very significant rise in positive cases has also been followed by an increase in the demand for hospital treatment," Adisasmito highlighted.

Moreover, five out of the six countries have a different policy when it comes to international travelers, he said. The five countries do not require international travelers to undergo quarantine upon entry, he added.

"Only France is implementing a quarantine policy, while the other countries are only closing their door to high-risk nations," he informed.

Observing the condition in these countries, it is important for Indonesia to control the COVID-19 situation within the nation, he affirmed.

"The two important keys are bolstering entry points and controlling local transmission," he said.


(WAH)

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