19 Regions See Rising COVID-19 Cases: Health Minister

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  • Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin attends a working meeting with Commission IX of the House of Representatives at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, November 8, 2021. The meeting discussed the evaluation of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the third wave of mitigation strategies through the availability of drugs, medical devices, vaccines and medical personnel, as well as the affordability of access to testing and tracing for the community. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin attends a working meeting with Commission IX of the House of Representatives at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, November 8, 2021. The meeting discussed the evaluation of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the third wave of mitigation strategies through the availability of drugs, medical devices, vaccines and medical personnel, as well as the affordability of access to testing and tracing for the community. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaHealth Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the government is monitoring 19 regions following an increased trend of COVID-19 cases.

    Among them, said Budi, are Fakfak Regency in Papua and Purbalingga Regency in Central Java, which experienced an increase in positive cases for four consecutive weeks.

    “Even though the number is still small, we are monitoring these areas so we will not be late if there is a significant increase,” said Budi in an online press conference, Monday, November 22.

    North Lampung in Lampung Province also recorded an increase for three consecutive weeks, while 16 other regencies/cities logged a case hike for the past two weeks. “So there are 19 regencies/cities under our close monitoring. We carry out strict surveillance,” Budi added.

    Based on the Health Ministry’s investigation, the hike in COVID-19 cases was attributable to the declining contact tracing and testing.

    “So we urge all regional heads, regents, and mayors to increase and maintain the discipline in launching testing and tracing. This is vital to prevent new waves,” Budi Gunadi asserted.

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