Indian Covid-19 Variant; Jakarta Deputy Gov Calls for Public Vigilance

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  • illustration - A doctor holds a glass ampoule bottle containing molecular cells of the Covid-19 corona virus from England which have undergone an RNA mutation into a new variant. (ANTARA / Shutterstock / pri.)

    illustration - A doctor holds a glass ampoule bottle containing molecular cells of the Covid-19 corona virus from England which have undergone an RNA mutation into a new variant. (ANTARA / Shutterstock / pri.)

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria called on residents to stay alert as two cases of the Indian Covid-19 variant were detected in the capital. This was as previously confirmed by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

    “On this basis, we ask all residents to be careful and vigilant. It is better to stay at home. Do not go for Eid homecoming (mudik) trip and implement the health protocols,” said Riza at the City Hall on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

    He reminded the public that the coronavirus mutation has been so far first discovered from the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, and South Africa. The mutated virus is reportedly ten times more contagious than the original strain.

    “From India, UK, and Africa, all [mutated viruses] are even ten times more contagious,” Riza underlined.

    Previously, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin confirmed cases of Indian Covid-19 variants had entered Indonesia. “There were two cases in Jakarta. And one case of the new mutation from South Africa in Bali," Budi said in a press conference, Monday, May 3, 2021.

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