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Kemenkes records increase in Covid-19 cases induced by new subvariant

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Jakarta, IO – The Health Ministry (Kemenkes) reported a rising trend in Covid-19 cases in Indonesia triggered by a new subvariant that is different from the KP.1 and KP.2 which caused a spike of cases in Singapore, said Kemenkes spokesperson Siti Nadia, per CNN Indonesia, Thu (30/5).

She posited that the virus is likely a subvariant identified in Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.  Meanwhile, cases induced by KP.1 and KP.2 have not been found in Indonesia.

From May 12-18, there were 19 confirmed cases and the weekly positivity rate trend is at 0.65 percent with the number of people tested reaching 2,474. So far, no Covid-related death is reported.

Kemenkes stated that so far there is no urgency to restrict travel to Singapore because the situations in both countries are still under control. The decision also took into consideration information published by the Singapore Ministry of Health.

Nevertheless, Kemenkes through the Health Quarantine Center (BKK) will continue to carry out screening for travelers at the entry points.

“Currently, there is no need to restrict mobility and community activities despite spike in new cases as the situation is still under control,” said Syahril.

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