TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Deputy Chairman of the Policy Committee for Action Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery, asked local authorities to anticipate an increase in corona cases during the long holiday at the end of October. He did not want the increase in the number of positive Covid-19 patients due to joint leave in August to happen again.
“We must make plans to anticipate this,” Luhut said as he met with regional heads as written in the statement on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
The number of further cases of Covid-19 after the long holiday in August last year had reached 60 percent. To reduce the high number of cases of Covid-19 patients, Luhut said the government would intensify testing and tracking of the spread of the virus while waiting for the vaccine to arrive.
Adviser to the Co-ordinating Minister for Covid Action, Monica Nirmala, said that 80 percent of the new Covid-19 cases were caused by 20 percent of people infected with the coronavirus. The spread of Covid-19, which is dominated by a handful of humans, is called superspreaders.
“They are able to transmit the virus about two days before the symptoms develop up to ten days after they became symptomatic,” he said. Due to this short infectious period, he said the government must step up its response to break the Covid-19 transmission chain.
Meanwhile, the governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan confirmed that the area is complete
intensify tracking and testing to predict the spread of coronavirus. The local authorities also offer free test facilities for 8000 copies per day.
The forefront of this tracking and testing is sub-district puskesmas. Therefore, Anies said that in every puskesmas there is a digital tracker who has the task of investigating cases and following up all his close contacts.