Indonesia will Take Over 6 Months to Confirm Pandemic's End: Health Ministry

Translator

Antara

24 May 2022 06:12 WIB

Deputy Minister of Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono during a working meeting with Commission IX of the DPR RI at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, May 23, 2022. The meeting discussed the current condition of acute hepatitis cases and the steps for handling them, discussed preparations for the transition from a pandemic to endemic including handling emerging diseases, and discussing the explanation of the preparation for vaccination in the National Child Immunization Month (BIAN) and School Child Immunization Month (BIAS) 2022. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - It would take more than six months to monitor the situation and confirm that the COVID-19 pandemic is over in Indonesia, Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono has said.

"It's not time to mention the endemic phase. The current situation is a controlled pandemic. There are several more stages that must be passed," he informed after attending a hearing meeting (RDP) with Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) here on Monday night.

One of the parameters for Indonesia to enter a COVID-19 safe phase is maintaining an effective reproduction number (RT) of less than one for more than six months, he said.

RT reflects the number of additional cases that occurred in the community after various interventions were given to control the pandemic, such as the implementation of community activity restrictions (PPKM), COVID-19 vaccinations, and other measures implemented in Indonesia.

"There are several phases to enter the endemic, one of which is when the RT is less than one for more than six months," Harbuwono said.

Indonesia still needs to pursue the target of 70-percent complete vaccination for the entire population in order to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 transmission, he added.

Based on the COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard of the Indonesian Health Ministry, the achievement of full-dose or two-dose vaccinations as of Monday afternoon stood at 166.9 million out of the target of more than 208 million.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been the first to hit the world, the deputy minister noted.

"The Spanish Flu pandemic took two–three years. Some are missing (the virus, ed.) and some are still in the community. However, since the immunity is biologically accumulated and passed from mother to child, the virus subsides," he added.

The transition from the pandemic to the endemic phase, he said, will require the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to disappear completely.

"It could happen, but this virus can stop spreading because there is an immune system. There are epigenetic adaptations, there are changes in genes that the body adapts so that the genes in the body make the body more immune than previous pandemics," he added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that COVID-19 has not yet become endemic across the world, he stressed.

"But this is considered a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This means that this status is still being monitored and evaluated regularly, both clinically and in joint laboratories around the world," he said.

ANTARA

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo in Google News



Sri Mulyani: Effects of Remote Working Triggering Inflation

11 jam lalu

Sri Mulyani: Effects of Remote Working Triggering Inflation

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani explains the situation that sparked a new way of living among the general public, which she implied triggered inflation.


Merck Forecasts Drastic Slump in COVID-19 Drug Sales This Year

20 jam lalu

Merck Forecasts Drastic Slump in COVID-19 Drug Sales This Year

Merck & Co (MRK.N) on Thursday, Feb. 2, forecast a sharp decline in sales of its COVID-19 antiviral pill as the pandemic eases globally.


Second Booster for COVID-19 Not Required for Travel: Govt

4 hari lalu

Second Booster for COVID-19 Not Required for Travel: Govt

The Indonesian government continues to encourage its citizen to immediately get a second booster or the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine.


Minister Claims PeduliLindungi App Kept 626,000 Patients from Transmitting COVID-19

9 hari lalu

Minister Claims PeduliLindungi App Kept 626,000 Patients from Transmitting COVID-19

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has claimed that the PeduliLindungi app prevent more than 626,000 positive patients from transmitting COVID-19.


Jakarta Traffic Congestion Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels: Police

10 hari lalu

Jakarta Traffic Congestion Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels: Police

Jakarta Metro Police say the city's traffic congestion currently reached the number prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Jakarta Rolls Out Second Booster for Covid-19 Starting Tomorrow

11 hari lalu

Jakarta Rolls Out Second Booster for Covid-19 Starting Tomorrow

The Jakarta Health Office will start rolling out the second booster or the fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines starting Tuesday, January 24, 2023.


COVID-19: Jakarta Readies 300 Fourth Dose Vaccination Locations

12 hari lalu

COVID-19: Jakarta Readies 300 Fourth Dose Vaccination Locations

Jakarta Health Office prepared 300 vaccination locations to support provision of the fourth dose or second booster of COVID-19 vaccine to the public.


Quarantine Not Required for Chinese Tourists, Says Jokowi

14 hari lalu

Quarantine Not Required for Chinese Tourists, Says Jokowi

President Jokowi confirmed that the government did not enforce COVID-19 restrictions such as the mandatory quarantine for Chinese tourists.


Jokowi Opens Doors for Chinese Tourists as Immunity Rate Hits 98.5

14 hari lalu

Jokowi Opens Doors for Chinese Tourists as Immunity Rate Hits 98.5

Indonesia's President Jokowi said the country has opened its doors to foreign tourists, including China which is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.


China's COVID-19 Emergency Has Peaked, Official Says

20 hari lalu

China's COVID-19 Emergency Has Peaked, Official Says

Coronavirus fever and emergency hospitalizations have peaked in China and the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients is continuing to decline.