TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Research and Development Agency of the Health Ministry recorded 759 cases of variant B.1.617.2 of COvid-19, or more commonly known as the Delta variant in Indonesia on July 16, 2021. The cases are spread across 19 provinces with Jakarta and West Java as the two provinces with the highest number of Delta variant cases.
As many as 276 cases were identified in Jakarta. Followed by West Java with 214 cases, Central Java with 131 cases, and North Sumatera and Yogyakarta with 20 cases.
In East Java, West Nusa Tenggara and East Kalimantan with 13 cases in each province, South Sulawesi with 11 cases, Papua with 10 cases, North Kalimantan and South Sumatera with eight cases in each province, Banten with seven cases, and Central Kalimantan with four cases.
Bali, Lampung, and Bengkulu with each three cases of the Delta variant, followed by Gorontalo and Riau Archipelago with one cases in each province.
Compared to the data gathered on July 6, 2021, a total number of 436 of Delta variant cases were discovered in nine provinces. The largest number of cases were recorded in Jakarta with 195 cases, West Java with 134 cases, Central Java with 80 cases; East Java with 13 cases; Banten with four cases; Central Kalimantan with three cases; East Kalimantan with three cases; South Sumatera with three cases; and Gorontalo with one case.
In just 10 days, the number of cases of the new and claimed to be deadlier variant doubles.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin admitted that hospitals are getting overwhelmed in handling Covid-19 patients following the new Delta variant outbreak. The new variant, Budi said, spreads more rapidly and have higher risks for people exposed to the virus.
"No one can predict of how fast or how massive the Detla variant of Covid-19 can spread," Budi said as quoted from Tempo Magazine July 12-16, 2021 edition.
Budi said that the Delta variant has been spreading in several regions since March. "We have tried to anticipate it but the infection is faster than many predictions of scientists around the world. Not only in Indonesia, in England and Israel the increase of the number of cases is high," Budi said.