Minister of Health (Menkes) Budi Gunadi Sadikin revealed that the current Covid-19 positive rate in Indonesia is below 3% with a testing rate of four times the standard of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“It’s almost 4 times the WHO standard and I see this also continuing to increase even though our positive rate has now fallen below 3%,” Sadikin said at a virtual press conference on Monday night (20/9).

The Minister of Health said the testing rate in Indonesia is currently reaching 1.1 million people per week. Sadikin clarified that WHO guidelines state that testing should be carried out on 1 in 1,000 people every week to reach a positive rate below 5%.

Sadikin also revealed that currently the contact tracing is carried out in Indonesia with average of 10 close contacts per person who is confirmed positive.

According to Sadikin, the government is dealing with other issues, including managing the tracking rate, currently with an average of only 50% of close contacts undergo the Covid-19 detection test.

“Because there’s no point in tracking them down; now only 50% are being tested,” said the Minister.

Another issue is that the average person being tracked has not all undergone centralized isolation. According to Sadikin, the Ministry of Health still has time to perfect the digital platform used to track confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The goal, said Sadikin, is for the government to be better prepared when facing the third wave of Covid-19 and or if this epidemic turns endemic.

“Because with a good tracking function, good tracing, we can quickly analyze where clusters occur or implement micro-lockdowns,” he said.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said the fatality rate in Sumatra is at 3.49%, the recovery rate is 93.52%, and active cases fell by 80.52% as of September 19.

The recovery rate in Kalimantan is 94.27%, the fatality rate is 3.15%, and the rate of decline in active cases is 81.48%.

Nusa Tenggara’s recovery rate is 95.78%, the positive rate is 2.3%, and active cases are down 86.75%.

Sulawesi’s fatality rate is 2.61%, the recovery rate is 94.61% and the decline in confirmed cases since September 17 is 81.13%.

Meanwhile, the fatality rate in Papua and Maluku is 1.6%, the recovery rate is 95.59%, and the case decline is 87.71%.

“The average national death rate outside Java-Bali is 3.07% compared to the national rate of 3.35%,” said Minister Hartato.

Author: HL

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