Epidemiologist Vigilant about Jakarta's Decreasing COVID-19 Cases



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe University of Indonesia (UI) Head of Epidemiology, Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, said that Jakarta’s coronavirus (COVID-19) spread has not reached its peak and predicted that it would happen between the end of June and early July. 

    However, he reminded that the drop in the number of cases could potentially happen now but does not necessarily mean the coronavirus pandemic has come to an end as a surge in cases could happen if the government ends its large-scale social restriction (PSBB) before the pandemic completely stops. 

    “The trend can definitely reside but the PSBB cannot be reduced,” said Tri as Tempo reached him on Tuesday, April 28. 

    The epidemiologist’s main concern regarding the drop in the number of cases is due to the government’s slow response to detecting the chain of transmissions and those who are most prone to the disease. He feared that the second wave of COVID-19 spread could take place if the lifting of the social restriction is miscalculated. 

    He believed that the government must quickly broaden its coronavirus tests, isolate those who show symptoms of infection and curb their mobility to prevent contact with others. 

    Wahyono believed by committing to the aforementioned safety measures, the number of new cases could be reduced. “The point is that good detection will slowly reduce the number of new coronavirus cases,” he said. 

    Previously, head of the task force responsible for handling the COVID-19, Doni Monardo, announced a slowing growth in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta. He attributed this to the city’s effectiveness in imposing social restriction measures.