Weekly Cases Up 1.5 Times, Covid-19 in Indonesia Reaches 5 Million Cases in Total!


The rate of Covid-19 virus transmission in Indonesia is still not sloping. The contagion graph is showing an increase. Recently, positive cases of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 or Omicron jumped dramatically. In total, the spread of the virus has penetrated more than 5 million as of February 17 yesterday.

Every day, the data on the development of the spread of COVID-19 is updated and published on the Ministry of Health website, Thursday (17/2/2022). This data is updated every day with a cut-off at 12.00 WIB.

Then, cumulatively, 5,030,002 of these positive cases were counted since the first case was announced on March 2, 2020. Of that number, 4,414,306 people have recovered, 469,868 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals and self-isolation, and 145,828 others have died.

Based on data compiled from the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, weekly cases were recorded to have increased by 1.5 times compared to the previous week.

Furthermore, as in the period from February 4-10, the cumulative weekly cases totaled 253,071 people. While on February 11-17, it rose to 362,448 cases.

This week, additional daily Covid-19 positives were also higher, namely 64,718 cases on 16 February. That number has surpassed the daily record in batch two due to the Delta variant with 56,757 cases on July 15, 2021.

Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono previously also stated that there was a potential for the number of additional daily coronavirus cases in Indonesia to reaching 100-150,000 per day due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

According to him, this prediction may occur because the findings of Covid-19 cases, especially the Omicron variant in several other countries, are exponential.

According to him, the number of additions to Covid-19 due to the Omicron variant will be higher than the previous variants.

Various ways have been taken by the government in tackling the transmission of this increasingly massive virus. The government continues to remind and control the public to always obey health protocols, wear masks, maintain distance in crowds, use hand sanitizers, and always wash hands with running water.

Moreover, as a further effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 and Omicron viruses, the government has also imposed the Enforcement of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) level 1 to level 3 in various regions. The PPKM level is adjusted to the transmission rate and vaccination achievement of each region.