Expert Predicts Indonesia's Covid Endemic Status

18 May 2022 18:06 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaGriffith University epidemiologist Dicky Budiman on Wednesday argues that Indonesia will realistically enter the Covid-19 endemic phase by the end of this year. He views that it was based on the development of the country’s pandemic management. 

“My prediction is that the pandemic, the health crisis situation could be lifted by the end of this year or early in 2023. Assuming there is only a third of the world’s countries that are classified to be under control or endemic,” said Dicky to Tempo on May 18.

He explained that the requirements for a country to shift from a pandemic to an endemic include a 70 percent global vaccination rate. Whereas Indonesia, he said, has reached 79.86 percent vaccination with additional 20.54 percent third-dose inoculation. 

“The last requirement is that there must be no new lethal Covid-19 subvariants that would worsen or reduce the effectiveness of vaccines,” Dicky explained. 

However, Dicky Budiman said Indonesia has not entered the endemic phase yet. He believes that such a status can only be granted to individual regions instead of as a nationwide status. 

Previously reported, the Covid-19 task force says that Indonesia has started to transition from a pandemic to an endemic after claiming that the spread of coronavirus cases has reduced significantly. The task force logged less than 1,000 cases in the last 25 days and also recorded a 2 percent hospital bed occupancy ratio. 

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