Indonesia Tightening Borders as New Covid-19 Variants Emerge

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 14 September 2021 14:59 WIB
    Indonesia Tightening Borders as New Covid-19 Variants Emerge
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    Jakarta: In a bid to prevent the entry of new variants of covid-19 virus, the Indonesian Government is tightening entry borders throughout the country, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said. 

    "The Government has decided to tighten all the country’s entrance posts by completing and tightening the quarantine measures, whether by air, sea or land,” Budi said in a virtual press statement on Monday, as quoted by the Cavinet Secretariat's wesbite.

     



    In addition, the Government is also closely monitoring the development of new variants of the Corona virus around the world. Budi explained that there are three variants that are included in the Government’s observation, namely the Lambda variant (C.37) which has spread to 42 countries, the Mu variant (B.1.621) which has spread to 49 countries, and the C.1.2 variant which has spread to 9 countries. 

    The Minister further emphasized that those three variants have not been detected in the country. 

    To detect the presence of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the Government also continues to increase efforts to test whole genome sequencing (WGS).  

    He went on to explain that currently there are 21 laboratory networks in Indonesia that can carry out adequate testing. 

    Through the lab network, 1,866 genome sequences have been carried out every month, bringing the total from January to August to 6,161 genome sequences. 

    Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that international travelers from abroad must meet the requirements of having received a complete dose of vaccination, performing PCR tests three times (D-3 before departure, upon arrival, and on the seventh day of arrival) and quarantine for eight days. 

    In addition, there are also restrictions on entrances for ease of supervision.

    As for Bali Province, the government is considering to open the international entrance in the next 1-2 weeks.

    (WAH)

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