The first reported case involved a 37-year-old man from Medan who visited a restaurant in Jakarta’s central business area earlier this month, the Health Ministry official, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said.
First Locally Transmitted Omicron Case Reported In Indonesia
On Tuesday, Indonesian health officials were doing contact tracing after detecting the Southeast Asian country’s first case of the rapidly spreading Omicron coronavirus variant in the population, according to health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
The first reported case involved a 37-year-old man from Medan who visited a restaurant in Jakarta’s central business area earlier this month, Tarmizi said.
The man had no recent history of international travel or interaction with international travellers, Tarmizi said, adding that he was asymptomatic and was being treated in isolation at a Jakarta hospital after initially being isolated at home.
Source - Anadolu Agency
“With this one local transmission, we will toughen mobility restrictions, especially during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays,“ she said, adding the patient’s wife had tested negative for Omicron.
President Joko Widodo advised people to follow health regulations earlier this month after officials announced that a worker at a Jakarta isolation hospital tested positive for the variant.
According to health officials, 47 confirmed cases of Omicron have been reported in Indonesia, the majority of which are imported cases of the variant, which experts believe seems to be more infectious but less severe than previous variants.
Indonesia, the fourth most populated country on Earth, has had one of Asia’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks, with approximately 4.2 million infections and 144,000 fatalities.
However, after reaching a peak in July due to the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, infections in Indonesia fell quickly and have stayed low.
Source – Reuters