Sumatra's Under COVID-19 Monitoring Spike due to Dissidence



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force, Riadil Akhir Lubis, said on Monday that the number of patients under monitoring for coronavirus in the region remains to be 50 people in total.

    ”The number of positive COVID-19 cases has not grown, it remains to be two people. One death and one under treatment,” said Riadil in the task force’s Monday press release.

    The tracing on people who were in contact with positive COVID-19 cases in the region proved to be tricky as the Head of the region’s Health Agency, Alwi Mujahit Hasibuan, said that medical personnel is faced with uncooperative people. 

    ”Our staff received threats and similar things. People under monitoring can be the link to break the chain of transmissions,” said Alwi who accompanied Riadi in the press conference. 

    The COVID-19 task force persists that the 763 people under monitoring conduct self-isolation. People under monitoring, or PDP, are those who have not shown symptoms but are linked to positive cases. Alwi revealed that the number of patients under monitoring (PDP/ those already showing symptoms) grew significantly due to people’s unwillingness to practice the necessary precautions. 

    ”Many of the people under monitoring were uncooperative. If legal considerations allow it we will announce the identities of the ODPs for our collective sake,” said Alwi.

    Alwi Mujahit said that on Sunday, March 22, cases of people under COVID-19 monitoring went from 496 but immediately spiked to 763 the following day.