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Dengue Fever and Covid-19 Combo Alarms Indonesia

July 4, 2020, 12.10 AM

JAKARTA, – Indonesia’s uphill struggle against the coronavirus is bound to get even more difficult as the country’s Covid-19 Task Force has warned about the correlation between the pandemic and dengue fever.

“[This correlation] means that people who tested positive for Covid-19 are at risk of dengue fever,” Task Force spokesperson Dr. Reisa Broto Asmoro said at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday, July 3.

Dengue fever has stricken over 70,000 Indonesians, she said, noting that many of them are in provinces with high rates of Covid-19 cases, such East Java, Central Java and South Sulawesi.

The Antara state news agency reported that dengue fever has killed up to 500 Indonesians. Yet their deaths have gone unnoticed.

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“[Medical authorities] are currently preoccupied with Covid-19, leaving many dengue fever cases untreated. The pandemic also hampered dengue fever countermeasures such as cleaning the environment, which entails a number of people congregating in violation of health protocols.”

Reisa maintained that the public does not have to feel helpless in the face of Covid-19 and dengue fever.

“The public can keep dengue fever by carrying out the government’s triple action method of draining, covering or burying containers that can hold water,” she said, noting that dengue fever mosquitos lay their eggs near water.

Medical workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) Medical workers in personal protective equipment (PPE)

Covid-19 cases continue to surge

Meanwhile, the government announced that the number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia has surged past 60,000.

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“The number of Covid-19 cases currently stands at 60.695, following a new daily number of 1,301 cases,” said Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto in Jakarta on Friday,  July 3.

“We reached this number from the study of 22,281 samples from 16,838 people,” he added. “Five provinces recorded increases in cases, among them East Java with 353, South Sulawesi with 180 and DKI Jakarta with 140 new cases.”

Achmad added that coronavirus has now claimed the lives of 3,036 people, after an additional 49 fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours. On the other hand, 27,568 Indonesian patients recovered from the coronavirus since the outbreak, with 901 recorded recently. 

(Writer: Haryanti Puspa Sari | Editors: Kristian Erdianto, Bayu Galih)


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