Omicron Variants BA.4 and BA.5 have increased COVID-19 cases in several countries, including Indonesia. To reduce transmission, the government recommends that people follow health standards, including wearing masks.
“Stay aware, is the president’s warning. Outside you can take off your mask, but once you get inside you must wear one, or if outside the crowd wears many masks, or if you feel unwell or see someone coughing next to you, please wear masks,” Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Menkes minister, spoke in the Bogor Presidential Palace on 16 June 2022.
The Minister of Health said his party is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 globally. As the first country to enter BA.4 and BA.5, South Africa’s peak is a third of the Omicron or Delta-peak. If Delta and Omicron peak at 60k instances per day, we may peak at 20k based on South African statistics, he said.
The Minister of Health said Indonesia is still at level 1 with 1,000 daily confirmed cases. WHO limits level 1 confirmed cases to 20 per week per 100,000 people.
“It’s roughly 7,700 per day for Indonesians. So that’s the first barrier where WHO Indonesia’s transmission level rises to level 2 “he said.
The Health Minister said BA.4 and BA.5 cases will peak in July. The Health Minister said the government will closely monitor the BA.4 and BA.5 waves.