5 People in Freeport's Circle Died from Covid-19

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Five people within the first ring—or Ring One—of Freeport Indonesia's (PTFI) area have died from Covid-19. Ring One covers the company's workers and experts, as well as family members and household staff living together with them.

    "Five people died in Papua, and Freeport has 724 confirmed cases of Covid-19," MIND ID president director Orias Petrus Moedak said.

    Of the total cases, 561 have completed isolation whilst 158 are still active cases.

    Freeport recorded the most Covid-19 deaths among companies under MIND ID as the holding company of mining SOEs. In total, there have been six deaths reported from MIND ID.  

    But Oris said that the mortality rate in MIND ID's circle is quite small, "less than 0.5 percent of the total number of cases." 

    MIND ID had reported 1,219 cases of Covid-19, of which 235 underwent surgeries and 978 have completed quarantine. The remaining 63 are suspects.  

    In Freeport, Orias said, the testing conducted in the site has been quite massive due to the high traffic of employees traveling between Timika and Tembaga Pura. To date, Freeport has conducted 16,220 PCR tests and 37,603 rapid tests.

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