Facilitate Covid-19 tsunami facts in India: lockdown works!

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – India experienced a very significant wave of Covid-19 tsunami a few months ago. The country’s daily increase in cases of 400,000 a day had paralyzed the country’s health facilities with dying patients waiting for oxygen bottles and dwindling beds.

But now the country of Bollywood has started to control the rate of the wave of infections. On Thursday (6/24/2021) India reported just 54,000 daily cases of Covid-19, or eight times fewer than during last month’s tsunami of infections.

On the other hand, the case of Covid-19 in Indonesia has been on the rise lately and continues to set records. Now total cases in the country have hit 2 million cases, with several areas such as East Java, Central Java, West Java and DKI Jakarta still at the center of the virus’s spread.

In addition, access per day was also recorded above the mark of 13 thousand last week. In fact, some of these additives are believed to transmit the delta variant of the coronavirus, which also hit India during the infection tsunami last month. This variant is considered more contagious and dangerous than the usual Covid-19 virus.

So what exactly are the steps India and maybe Indonesia can emulate?

Looking at the steps taken by the Indian government, there are several things that actually deserve an example for Indonesia given the density and population, both of which are quite large.

Reported from multiple sources by CNBC Indonesia, India has put a strict lockdown or PSHM (public health measure) in place in several cities that have been badly hit by the pandemic. India has closed several major cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi to prevent the spread.

Indeed, this lockdown is also supported by corporate groups who are also aware that if this happens, their businesses will be affected. Uday Kodak, owner of Kodak Mahindra Bank, called for increased lockdown measures in India and called for “the strongest national measures, including restricting economic activity”. He thought the waves were very terrible and people would suffer even more if the infection tsunami continued to grow.

Photo: India’s cashmere lockdown. (AP / Dar Yasin)

“At this critical moment, when (the number) of deaths is rising … protecting human life is a top priority and national maximum response measures at the highest level (should) be required to disrupt transmission lines,” he said.

Aside from the strict lockdown, several Indian states that don’t have very high case numbers are introducing partial lockdowns to protect their citizens

In addition, India has increased the number of tests per day to detect the virus as early as possible. In the PHSM program, India even achieved 2.5 million tests per day.

This step is actually effective in reducing the number of infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms this in its report.

“With PHSM, India was able to quickly control the transmission of incidents, from over 290 per week per 100,000 population reported in early May to less than 30 reported by June 21. the.

The WHO itself has asked Indonesia to introduce a strict PSBB. This is because the WHO specifically said that the Covid situation in Indonesia was quite worrying.

“With the increase in transmission due to variant concerns, urgent action is needed to address the situation in many provinces,” said the Geneva Health Authority report.

“Indonesia requires stricter implementation of public health and social measures, including large-scale social restraints (PSBB).”

The WHO’s request is no coincidence. The Switzerland-based organization said there are several things driving Indonesia to put in place a strict PSBB as soon as possible.

“The task force reports that bed occupancy (BOR) has reached more than 50% in several provinces on Java, including Banten, DKI Jakarta, West Java, DI Yogyakarta and Central Java.”

In addition, there was a significant increase in infections in several provinces from April to mid-June, said the Swiss-based authority.

“Provinces where the number of weekly cases increased by more than 50% compared to the previous week were Papua (967%), Southeast Sulawesi (205%), DKI Jakarta (123%), South Sulawesi (82% Maluku (81%), Maluku North (81%), Central Java (73%), Gorontalo (62%), Banten (61%), DI Yogyakarta (61%), Jambi (58%) and East Java (52. )%).

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