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The Jakarta Post
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has warned of a further rise in the COVID-19 case after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Our experience so far shows that the infection rate [COVID-19] increases within 10 to 14 days after the end of the holiday season.
« Since the New Year, the holiday season ends on Jan. . 1 or 2, the peak can occur around Jan. 16 to 18, ”said the newly appointed minister, as quoted by kompas. com.
Based on his observations, Budi stated that COVID-19 cases typically increased by 30 to 40 percent after a long vacation. This was caused by the high mobility during this time when people were moving back and forth between places to spend the holidays.
To prevent such a spike, he urged people who traveled during the Christmas and New Year seasons not to travel afterwards.
« It would be better if we could spend more time at home after our return from vacation and no longer have mobility for the next five to ten days, » said Budi.
Additionally, he warned the public to remain cautious during the pandemic, especially as COVID-19 referral hospitals were almost completely filled with patients.
To illustrate, Budi explained that at least 30 percent of 100 people infected with the coronavirus had to be treated in hospital. Of the 30 percent, 5 percent had to be treated in the intensive care unit.
So Budi urged the public to support the health workers by limiting their mobility after the long weekend.
« We could help our health workers by lowering infection levels, making sure we are in good health, and minimizing our mobility for the first 10 days of 2021, » he said.
Data from the national COVID-19 task force shows that the bed occupancy rate in COVID-19 hospitals nationwide exceeded 55 percent in December. 27.
“The bed occupancy rate for isolation rooms in hospitals is 62 nationwide. 63 percent, while the intensive care unit occupancy rate is 55. 6 percent as of Dec. . 27, ”said Wiku during a virtual press conference broadcast Tuesday on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel.
Based on recent data from the Ministry of Health, West Java topped the provincial list by bed occupancy rates, followed by Yogyakarta, Banten, East Java, Central Java, Greater Jakarta and South Sulawesi.
Wiku said the situation had created an increased need for health facilities and equipment such as protective equipment and medicines. He also expressed concern that the situation would increase the risk of COVID-19 infection among health workers.
However, Budi assured the public that the government had prepared various measures to anticipate an increase in COVID-19 cases, such as consulting with regional executives to ensure their hospitals were well prepared to admit patients.
« We have plenty of isolation rooms, intensive care units, beds, doctors, nurses, and supplies of protective equipment, medication and other necessities – some of which are still in preparation, » he said. (dpk)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 Task Force to raise people’s awareness of the pandemic.
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