Jakarta reports first two Omicron deaths


The country has had its first two deaths from the Omicron variant, while overall coronavirus cases have remained under control since September when it managed to flatten its pandemic curve.

The two patients who died had comorbidities, the health ministry’s spokesman Dr Siti Nadia Tarmizi said in a statement on Saturday.

One was a local transmission case who died in hospital in Ciputat, just outside Jakarta. The other was a traveller who returned from overseas and died in a Jakarta hospital, said the statement.

Dr Nadia told The Straits Times separately: “One was fully vaccinated and the other had not been vaccinated.”

The spread of the Omicron variant in Indonesia has continued to intensify since the first case was confirmed on Dec 16. This was soon followed by the first reported case of community transmission on Dec 28 – an asymptomatic man from Medan who visited Jakarta.

On Jan 11, the government said Omicron cases across Indonesia tripled in a week, with about 90% imported.

President Joko Widodo and Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin have repeatedly appealed to Indonesians to suspend their overseas leisure trips.

Most of the Omicron cases were Indonesian nationals and those who have been fully vaccinated, according to the health ministry.

The bulk of the travellers who tested positive for Omicron had returned from Turkey, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia also prominent destinations.

The total cases in Indonesia, including 1,161 Omicron infections, now stand at over 4.2 million, with more than 144,000 deaths. — The Straits Times/ANN

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Aseanplus News

Vietnam's economy to grow a healthy 6.9 per cent in 2022, says S&P Global
15 dead and three missing after torrential rains in southern China
Russia and China block UN statement on Myanmar crisis
Cambodia and Vietnam agree to open more air links to tourism hotspots; govt reports zero Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 28)
Bank of Laos vows to resolve foreign exchange problems in country
Brunei subsidised over BND100 million (RM320 million) in oil prices even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, says minister
Samoa signs China agreement amid South Pacific push
Indonesia to allocate around one million tonnes of palm oil for export
Singapore: Worker dies after falling 9.5m to factory floor; 2022 fatalities now at 24; workplace deaths so far highest since 2016
Malaysian farms rushing to send chickens to Singapore before export ban

Others Also Read