KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has been warned not to keep its guard down in its Covid-19 fight as the country enters a dangerous new phase while total confirmed cases reaches 72,374.
On July 9, Indonesia’s daily new Covid-19 infections hit 2,657 cases, the biggest single-day tally recorded since the virus was first announced on March 2.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned that the coronavirus pandemic is still far from over.
It has also reminded the public to stay alert and abide by health protocols to fight the transmission of the virus.
Dicky Budiman, epidemiologist at Griffith University, admitted that the end of the coronavirus pandemic cannot be predicted.
He shared with Kompas.com the three signs that allude to a possible end of a pandemic including that of the Covid-19 virus.
One of the three signs must be met in order to signal the end of a pandemic, he said.
First, the finding of a definitive drug that can effectively cure the Covid-19 disease or at least prevent the start of an infection (prophylaxis or PreP).
Second, the discovery of a vaccine that ensures effective immunity against any attacks from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.