Disasterchannel.co,- After Eid al-Fitr, new cases of COVID-19 continue to increase. The number of new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has almost touched 10,000 on Sunday (13/6/2021). DKI Jakarta and Central Java each contributed the highest numbers with more than 2,500 cases. DKI Jakarta Province contributed the highest number of positive cases with a total of 2,769. Followed by Central Java with a total of 2,579 cases, and West Java with a total of 1,242 cases.
The Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo also visited the Kudus area on Sunday (13/06/2021). On that occasion, Ganjar asked the public to obey the procedures and not be cat and mouse because the Delta variant of Corona is said to be easily contagious.
“I ask for the support of this community, not to keep playing around, remember that a new variant is already in Kudus. Note that it has entered Kudus. So the transmission is very fast, so people are well aware,” said Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo during a visit to the Joint Handling Command Post. COVID-19 Kudus Regency, Sunday (13/6/2021).
The red zone for the spread of COVID-19 in Central Java is increasingly widespread. As of Sunday (13/06/2021), there are 11 regions that are categorized as red zones, including Kudus, Brebes, Tegal, Pati, Grobogan and Sragen. The Governor of Central Java asked all regional heads to pay attention to the conditions of their respective regions.
Reporting from BBC News Indonesia, concerns about the spread of new cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia came from an infectious disease expert from Australia’s Griffith University, Dicky Budiman with the possibility that Indonesia would experience a ‘COVID-19 time bomb’ explosion in the next two to three weeks, if the government failed to anticipate it.
This concern is motivated by several facts, such as the re-surging of COVID-19 cases in several areas, the depletion of bed availability, to the deteriorating number of tracking and testing.
“The worst possibility is a very large spike in cases. Not at the end of June, but after, especially if (anticipation) is not prepared,” said Dicky Budiman on Sunday (13/06/2021). He also considers inappropriate policies likely to worsen the situation, where the pandemic is getting longer, and the worst possibility is a spike in cases which is estimated to reach hundreds of thousands per day.
Due to the increasing number of cases, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said that the trend of increasing COVID-19 cases must be controlled immediately through testing, tracing and implementing isolation as well as strengthening the application of Micro Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM).
“This increase in COVID-19 cases must be controlled immediately and should not interfere with economic recovery efforts that are currently being carried out by the government together with business actors and the community,” Airlangga said in a statement in Jakarta, Sunday (13/06/2021).
Airlangga who is also the Chair of the PC-PEN Committee said that based on the trend of increasing Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) or the use of Isolation and ICU beds, especially in the four main provinces on Java Island, it is necessary to immediately increase bed capacity for COVID-19 in Indonesia. hospital by 30-40 percent. Especially in regencies/cities that are included in the red zone and have a high BOR above 60 and it is also necessary to increase the bed capacity for COVID-19 at a referral hospital in the nearest city or provincial capital.
“This capacity addition will be carried out by the Ministry of Health together with the regional government and will be evaluated again over the next week,” said Airlangga.
The combination of various events such as going home during Eid or on vacation, combined with bad policies and regulations, has caused new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic to rise again. (LS)