HealthOmicron is Much More Contagious, but Not More Severe

Omicron is Much More Contagious, but Not More Severe


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photo from the Instagram account of Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan asked all parties to be careful about the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.529 or Omicron. The reason is that this variant is more contagious than the previous corona variant.

“Initial data from South Africa shows that Omicron spreads much faster than the previous type of mutation,” Luhut said at an online press conference, Monday (12/13/2021).

Also, according to Luhut, compared to other variants, Omicron has a lower severity.

“Omicron showed to have a low level of severity reflected in the level of controlled hospitalization and low mortality rates, although it should be noted that the mortality rate is a lagged indicator,” he said.

Luhut added that, based on information from the Ministry of Health and the results of genome sequencing, no cases of the Omicron variant have been found in Indonesia so far.

However, Luhut admitted, the government continues to evaluate the quarantine of foreign travelers to ensure that the policy is carried out in a disciplined manner. The government will implement a new policy, namely by changing the status of foreign travelers in PeduliLindungi application to black during the quarantine period.

According to Luhut, there was a significant increase in flights to overseas destinations. To anticipate the entry of the Omicron variant, the government will continue to implement a 10-day quarantine for foreign travelers.

“The government reminds the public not to go abroad except for really urgent needs,” Luhut said.

Luhut continued, that the government has increased the capacity of quarantine hotels to anticipate the increasing number of people being quarantined.

“The quarantine policy for foreign travelers will continue to be evaluated in accordance with the development of the Omicron variant,” said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.



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