The Covid-19 Task Force has stated that the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia had entered its second wave. This condition was marked by national confirmed cases of Covid-19 which on Sunday (27/6) reached 21,342 cases.

The additional new daily cases became a new record for the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The Task Force recorded a total number of positive Covid-19 cases in the past week that exceeded the peak of cases that occurred in January 2021. At that time, Covid-19 cases over a weekly period reached 89,902. Total cases recorded over the past week reached 125,396.

“This indicates a second wave of increasing Covid-19 cases in Indonesia,” said the Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, quoted from the Covid-19 Task Force website on Wednesday (30/6).

Wiku compared the first peak of Covid-19 cases in January-February 2021; an increase of 283% from the lowest case point occurred, reaching its peak within 13 weeks.

During this second peak, a 381% increase from the lowest point of total cases (almost 5 times) has occurred and reached its peak within 6 weeks.

Indonesia had experienced a decline in cases since the first peak. For the past 15 weeks with a total decline of up to 244% had occurred.

Wiku said that the main factor in the spike in cases was the frequent back and forth domestic travel over the Lebaran period.

The emergence of several new Covid-19 variants entering Indonesia have also been cited as a factor, exacerbated by the high mobility of the community.

As of June 20 , the latest data from the Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Health noted that there have been 211 recorded cases of mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus classified as ‘Variants of Concern’. These include 45 alpha variants, 6 beta variants, and 160 delta variants.

“Initially the increase looked normal and not too significant. However, entering the 4th week after the holiday period, a sharp increase (in confirmed cases) has lasted for three weeks until it reached the second peak in the last week,” he said.

Wiku noted that three provinces were the biggest contributors to the spike in national Covid-19 cases, namely the Greater Jakarta area, West Java, and Central Java. The three provinces have consistently been the highest contributors of Covid-19 cases, both in the first and second waves of the pandemic in Indonesia.

Wiku noted that although the government has made maximum efforts to deal with the pandemic, it will not be effective if the public is negligent and careless in implementing Covid-19 prevention health protocols.

“The community, especially in these three provinces, must contribute in suppressing the surge in COVID-19 cases. Handling efforts are collective efforts. For this reason, community initiatives in suppressing and controlling cases are very important,” he said.

As of Tuesday (29/6), the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia reached 2,156,465. Of that total number, 1,869,606 people have recovered, 228,835 people have undergone treatment and self-isolation, while 58,024 have died.

Author: HL

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