42 Omicron Patients in Indonesia Have Been Fully Vaccinated

In a virtual press conference on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, Indonesia’s Minister of Health (Menkes) Budi Gunadi Sadikin announced that Indonesia reported the first Omicron case in its country. The first omicron patient turned out to be a janitor at the Wisma Atlet Hospital, North Jakarta. Since thereon, Indonesia has recorded 68 Omicron cases. 

Surprisingly, Indonesia’s Ministry of Health revealed that 42 of the Omicron patients have been fully vaccinated (two doses). To curb the spread of the new Omicron variant, the Director of Prevention and Control of Directly Infectious Diseases (P2PML) of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, mentioned that the Omicron-positive patients are undergoing quarantine at the Wisma Atlet Hospital and some at the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, North Jakarta.

She also further mentioned that most of the Omicron patients in Indonesia experience no symptoms. Only some experience mild symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and slight fever. The Covid-19 Vaccination Spokesperson said that as the Omicron patients experience no to mild symptoms, it proves that the Covid-19 vaccine was still effective to prevent COVID-19 and the new variants that emerged, as well as prevent death.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health recorded 47 cases with 46 cases being transmitted from either domestic travelers or imported cases and one local transmission case. As for today, 21 additional Omicron cases are reported, and hence, the country records a total of 68 cases. 

It is known that the imported cases are cases that come from Indonesian citizens who travel abroad to the United States, Congo, South Korea, Turkey, Malaysia, Kenya, etc and there is also a foreigner from Nigeria.

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