Jokowi urges calm as Indonesia reports first Omicron case

A local resident receives her second Sinopharm jab during a vaccination program at Badung market in Bali on Oct. 12, 2021.(Antara/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo) Share Nina A. Loasana (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta   ●   Thu, December 16, 2021 President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged the public to remain calm and to maintain discipline in following health protocols after Indonesia discovered its first confirmed COVID-19 case caused by the emerging Omicron variant on Thursday. The country has been on alert for the past few weeks as the new variant continues to spread across the globe at an unprecedented rate, with almost 80 countries having detected cases of Omicron, including neighboring Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The science remains inconclusive but early data suggest the variant is more transmissible than Delta, which wreaked havoc in Indonesia in July and caused the national healthcare system to overload. to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW Starting from IDR 55,000/month Unlimited access to our web and app content e-Post daily digital newspaper No advertisements, no interruptions Privileged access to our events and programs Subscription to our newsletters We accept Register to read 3 premium articles for free Already subscribed? LOGIN Or let Google manage your subscription TOPICS : covid-19-Indonesia #Indonesia #COVID-19-indonesia Wisma-Atlet-Kemayoran Omicron-variant #Omicron-variant COVID-19 genome-sequencing NEWS NATIONAL Indonesia needs more intense genome surveillance to detect new virus variant: Minister The genome is like the human instruction manual, where words are genes and letters our DNA. (AFP/Robyn Beck) Share Ardila Syakriah (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta   ●   Sun, December 27, 2020 Unlike neighboring Singapore, Indonesia has not detected the new SARS-CoV-2 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom, but that may be due to the country’s lack of genomic and molecular monitoring, a minister has said. To detect the new variant, labs must carry out whole genome sequencing, but not all labs in the country could do so, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said. Even those that already did so might still need to "routinely intensify whole genome sequencing SARS-CoV-2" among cases in the country, he said. Studies are still underway on the new variant, referred to as the B.1.1.7 lineage, but it is believed to be 40 to 70 percent more transmissible, Reuters reported. There has yet to be evidence concerning the new variant's impact on disease severity and morbidity.


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