JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Doctors Association has announced that the Delta strain of Covid-19 is the most lethal variant yet, particularly to young people and vulnerable members of society such as pregnant women.
Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito has tested positive for Covid-19, after he visited coronavirus high risk areas such as Kudus Regency in Central Java Province, and Bangkalan Regency in East Java Province.
Indonesian Doctors Association: Delta Covid-19 Strain Poses More Risks to Society
The Indonesian Doctors Association or IDI has warned that the Delta strain of Covid-19 from India poses more risks to society, because of its quick transmission and rapid symptoms.
“The Delta strain of Covid-19 poses greater risk to pregnant women, as it could affect their fetus, while for breastfeeding mothers this variant can adversely affect their children. The variant can also be transmitted to young children,” said IDI chairman Daeng Muhammad Faqih on Saturday.
“The symptoms start mildly, such as shortness of breath, aches and sores, then quickly worsen. That is why those infected [with the Delta strain] should be promptly treated, as any delay can be fatal.”
He added that these characteristics of the Delta variant, which is also known as B.1.617.2, make it particularly dangerous to young people.
“This strain put young people at risk, as they tend to delay treatment until their symptoms worsen because they dismiss the early warnings,” he said.
Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force identified the B.1.617.2 strain to be behind most Covid-19 cases in Jakarta, as well as clusters in coronavirus hotspots such as Kudus Regency in Central Java province, as well as Bangkalan Regency in East Java province.
Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force Spokesman Tests Positive For Covid-19
Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito, one of the country’s most recognizable faces in its fight against Covid-19 has himself tested positive for the coronavirus.
The University of Indonesia Faculty of Public Health assured that he is in good health in a press statement on Saturday. “I got the Covid-19 positive result following an antigen swab test on Friday, which I followed up with a PCR test. I am certain that I will recover soon,” he said.
“I have had a packed schedule recently, including visits to areas experience Covid-19 surges such as Kudus Regency in Central Java province and Bangkalan Regency in East Java province.” Wiku assumed his physical condition might have dropped because of exhaustion in either area.
He urged the public to maintain health protocols such as wearing masks, maintain social distancing and washing hands. “Anyone can contract Covid-19, and only compliance with health protocols can keep transmission from Covid-19 at bay,” he said.
Indonesian Attorney General Thanks Singapore For Extraditing Indonesian White Collar Fugitive
Indonesian Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin has thanked the Singaporean authorities for permitting the extradition of Indonesian white-collar fugitive Adelin Lis to Indonesia, after he spent over a decade on the run.
“[Adelin Lis’] extradition is due to the efforts of the Singaporean government, especially the Singaporean Attorney General’s Office, and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore,” said Sanitiar.
Indonesian officials brought Adelin back to Jakarta on a chartered Garuda flight from Singapore on Saturday evening. Attorney General’s Office spokesman Leonard Eben Ezer Simanjuntak asserted that he will undergo quarantine at the AGO’s holding cells in Salemba Penitentiary for 14 days.
Indonesian officials received news that Adelin was in Singapore, after Singaporean officials detained him since 2018 for attempting to enter the city-state on a fake passport in 2018.
The Indonesian Supreme Court sentenced Adelin to 10 years behind bars in 2008, after they found him guilty of corruption and illegal logging in the forests of North Sumatra Province’s Mandailing Natal Regency the year before.
They also fined him Rp. 119.8 trillion ($8,268,056,061.40), and required he pay an additional $2.9 million to replant the trees he felled.
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