CASES OF Omicron transmission are still occurring in Indonesia. Therefore, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked the public to be aware of the surge in the new variant of COVID-19.

He asked the public to reduce activities in crowds to work at home if possible. President Jokowi asked the public not to go abroad if there is no important and urgent business.

“It is better to reduce activities in crowded centers and for those who can work from home, do work from home (WFH),” President Jokowi said in a video statement broadcast from the Bogor Palace, Tuesday (1/18).

On that occasion, he also asked the public to immediately be vaccinated against Covid-19. Those who had just been injected with the first dose were asked to receive the second dose immediately.

Meanwhile, residents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in two doses are asked to immediately seek a booster vaccine or a third dose. “Everything is free because vaccination is important for the safety of all of us,” President stated.

The Head of State also continues to remind the importance of wearing masks, keeping a distance, and washing hands. Compliance with health protocols is important at this time.

As is known, Indonesia is experiencing an increase in cases of the Omicron variant of the corona virus. The public is also asked to be aware of the increase in cases of the latest variant. “But you don’t need to overreact. You need to be careful, you need to be alert, but don’t cause fear,” he remarked.

Various studies and reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the Omicron variant is more infectious. However, the symptoms caused are milder. Generally, patients recover without having to be hospitalized. “But we have to be careful, be vigilant, don’t get carried away and be careless,” said the President.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Health noted that the total number of the latest variants of the corona virus reached 840 cases as of January 17, 2022. The number reported on Monday (17/1) increased by 268 compared to that recorded on Wednesday (12/1) which was 572.

Of the 840 Omicron cases that have been recorded, 174 cases were local transmissions. “Currently there are 840 positive cases of Omicron. Probable is still 1,800-2,000 cases where there are 174 local transmission cases,” said Health Ministry Spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

In addition to local transmissions, the number of cases of foreign travellers is 609. Apart from that, there are still 57 cases that are still in the research stage to ascertain whether they originate from local transmissions or foreign travelers.

“Of the 840 cases, 79% of them have been vaccinated with the full dose. This is our vigilance because even people who have been vaccinated can still get Omicron,” she concluded. [antaranews/photo special]