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Covid-19 cases on the wane, Indonesia is said to enter an endemic phase


Jakarta, IO – Since it was first detected in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 virus or better known as Covid-19 has infected most countries in the world. The viruses continue to mutate, causing the morbidity and mortality rate to rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) finally declared it as a pandemic.

By December 2023, Covid-19 has afflicted the world for three years. In a number of countries, the virus is still raging. The province of Zhejiang, China, even recorded one million daily cases, reported Kompas, Monday (26/12).

By contrast, several countries including Indonesia is seeing Covid-19 cases on the decline. Data from the Health Ministry showed that Indonesia’s daily cases are the lowest since the second half of 2022.

The number of cases as Sunday (25/12) stood at 538, bringing the total confirmed positive to 6,716,124, with recovery up by 974, while 13 deaths were recorded.

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Given this development, Coordinating Economic Minister and Public Activity Restrictions (PPKM) outside Java and Bali coordinator Airlangga Hartarto said Indonesia is now entering an endemic phase based on WHO criteria and the situation of Covid-19 transmission in Indonesia, which has been at PPKM level 1 in the last one year.

According to him, the development has been reported to President Joko Widodo and it will be taken into account in the decision-making process to end the country’s PPKM measures. (un)


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