JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The majority of patients who contracted Covid-19 in Indonesia showed either mild symptoms or without symptoms, a senior Health Ministry official said on Monday, July 19.
“We found that 60-80 percent of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported mild symptoms and no symptoms at all,” said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the ministry’s director for prevention and control of direct infectious diseases, during a virtual discussion on Monday, July 19.
Siti said that early detection on Covid-19 patients needs to be done by adding more testing and tracing program. Therefore, the patients can immediately undergo self-isolation. “Patients will be protected or this will protect the patients from experiencing worse conditions and they don’t need to be treated in hospitals,” she said.
She underscored the importance of providing more testing programs in various regions to ease the burden on health workers in hospitals. "We, however, will not be able to immediately provide healthcare facilities," he said.
Regarding the extension of the emergency Covid-19 measures, which will be ended on Tuesday, July 20, Nadia called on the public to wait for an official announcement from the government. "We'll just have to wait because tomorrow the decision on the emergency measures will be taken,” she said.
The government imposed the emergency measures from July 3-20 in an effort to contain a spike in the coronavirus, driven by the spread of more contagious Delta variant in the country.
As of today, the daily number of Covid-19 cases in the country reached 34,257, bringing the total number of infections to 2,911,733 since the first two cases were announced in March 2020.
(Writer: Haryanti Puspa Sari | Editor: Kristian Erdianto)