Do not allow the Omicron variant to enter Indonesia
Badung, Bali (ANTARA) – Bali has tightened vigilance at all entry points amid concerns about the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, said Indonesian Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo’s head of public relations.
“In order to counter the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron, the President, has urged, and the National Police (Polri) has been tasked with carrying out the surveillance and also tightening all entrances, including at airports, seaports and on land”, shared he with a press conference at the Apurva Kempinski Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday.
He said the tightening was also in line with preparations for the implementation of the G20 summit in 2022.
“Do not allow the Omicron variant to enter Indonesia. From the research submitted by the President, it can be said that this variant attacks 80 percent of people who have not been vaccinated. Then 60 percent of those who are prone to it. “Variants are under five years old, and the group that causes death from the virus are those over 50 years old,” Prasetyo said.
He stressed that Omicron needs to be monitored and that health logs are essential once it is in place. In addition, vaccination coverage is expected to hit the 70 percent target in all provinces, especially vaccinations in the elderly, as they are considered the most at risk when compared to other age groups, he said.
The tightening of the rules does not only apply to Indonesian citizens, said Prasetyo. Foreign nationals entering Indonesian territory are monitored by the central task force, he said. Because of this, he emphasized that air, land and sea entrances must remain the most important security points.
The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Indonesia in March 2020. According to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, at least 4,257,243 people in the country tested positive for COVID-19 on December 3, 2021. while 4,105,680 people have recovered and 143,858 people have succumbed to the deadly virus.