TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan talked of possible new COVID-19 variants that were more transmissible and had a greater risk of infection that may emerge in the future. The possibility of a new coronavirus mutation was previously highlighted by the World Health Organization or WHO.
“WHO announces the possibilities of new variants that spread even faster and cause stronger infections. We are facing threats ahead. So we cannot spend time arguing. What’s important is we work to deal with the worst possibilities in the future,” said Luhut in the inauguration event of the Pertamina Jaya Hospital Arafah Hajj Dormitory Jakarta, Monday, July 19.
In the midst of uncertainty, Luhut opined that togetherness, solidarity, unity, and behavior change were necessary to deal with the current crisis that had lingered for more than a year.
He underlined that all parties must be united. “[Instead of] looking for who is wrong, who is right, who is the most accomplished person, and who is not. Everything is teamwork, all for us and the Republic of Indonesia,” Luhut said.
WHO on Thursday, July 15, warned of the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern in the future. The new virus mutations were feared to be more challenging to contain the pandemic.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA | THE STRAIT TIMES