One case was a local transmission who died at Sari Asih Ciputat Hospital while the other was an international traveler who died at Sulianti Saroso Hospital.
JAKARTA (ANTARA) — Two patients have died in Indonesia in the first deaths from Omicron since cases of this variant of COVID-19 were first reported in the country, the Health Ministry said.
“One case was local transmission who died at Sari Asih Ciputat Hospital, while the other was an international traveler who died at Sulianti Saroso Hospital,” ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said.
The two patients had comorbidities, she noted in a press release released Saturday.
Meanwhile, Indonesia added 3,205 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 627 recoveries and 5 deaths.
The surge in new cases is part of an upward trend in confirmed omicron cases in Indonesia, Tarmizi said. From December 15, 2021 to date, at least 1,161 omicron cases have been diagnosed in the country, she added.
The government has taken several precautionary measures against Omicron, starting with expanding testing, tracing and treatment, or the 3Ts, particularly in Java and Bali, she said.
The government has increased ratio tracing and is ensuring the availability of isolation centers, expanding access to telemedicine and increasing the number of beds for COVID-19 treatment in hospitals, she added.
Recently, the ministry also issued a new regulation to handle confirmed omicron cases in Indonesia, Tarmizi said.
The new regulation was set out in Minister of Health Circular No. HK.02.01/MENKES/18/2022 on Prevention and Management of Omicron Variant of COVID-19. It came into force on January 17, 2022, she said.
According to the circular letter, confirmed Omicron patients will be treated according to the COVID-19 treatment procedure, under which patients with moderate to severe symptoms are treated in hospitals, she explained.
Meanwhile, patients experiencing mild to no symptoms are being asked to self-isolate and centered, she added.