THE COORDINATOR for the Implementation of the Java-Bali Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said estimates that the peak of the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant will occur in early February 2022. Currently, new cases of the Omicron variant in Indonesia have reached 802 people.

“From the results of observations of the experiences of other countries, the peak of the Omicron variant reaches its peak in the range of 40 days, faster than the Delta variant,” Luhut said in a video recording, Tuesday (1/11).

Of the total Omicron transmissions in the country, 435 of them are imported cases brought by foreign travelers. Meanwhile, 537 other cases were found in Jakarta.

Luhut stated that Omicron had been identified in 150 countries and caused a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world. He appealed to the public not to travel abroad in the next two to three weeks.

However, he asked the public not to panic. Most of the cases that occur are expected to have mild symptoms, so later the strategy will also be different from the Delta variant.

The government, Luhut said, would closely monitor the development of Omicron transmission. Emergency signs will be taken when hospital occupancy is around 20-30%.

Luhut claimed that Indonesia was much more prepared to face the potential wave of the Omicron variant. The domestic health system was already available, ranging from medicines, health workers, oxygen, to centralized isolation.

“I’m sure cases will not increase as high as other countries. But the condition is that we all have to be disciplined,” Minister Luhut concluded. [antaranews/photo special]