Indonesia maximizes efforts to avoid the third high point – Breaking News

JAKARTA – The development of the COVID-19 pandemic on a global level is facing the 3rd wave or the third peak in September 2021. This third peak occurs in January and April in 2021, after the previous two highs. Currently, the world’s third peak is slowly starting to slow down.

The spokesman for the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, explained the developments in several countries compared to Indonesia. If you look at the pattern of Indonesia, the first peak in January 2021 is in line with other countries. However, when the world and other countries see a second peak in April 2021, Indonesia is still seeing a decline in cases.

“The COVID-19 situation in Indonesia continues to improve. This is reflected in the declining positive numbers and the increasing number of tests and follow-ups. However, the government will continue to do its best to control this, “Wiku said in a press release on the development of COVID-19.19 at Graha BNPB, Thursday (16.09.2021), which was also broadcast on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel .

If you look closely at several countries in the world, the United States (USA) is the largest contributor to the number of positive cases in the world. The country is experiencing its third peak and the curve is already slowing. The pattern in the US is similar to the global pattern, especially in January and September 2021. The difference is that the second peak in global cases rose in April while the US fell.

Next up are Malaysia and Japan. These two countries share a pattern similar to the global case pattern. Currently, cases in Japan are beginning to decline, with Malaysia still at the height of the third wave. Which is unique in India, which first peaked in September 2020 when other countries hadn’t yet peaked in January 2021.

While global saw its first surge, India saw a decline in cases. And India saw a second surge in April 2021, adding to the highest case number over that period. That second high, however, fell and showed a flat curve for 2.5 months in a row. Meanwhile, other countries around the world are seeing an increase in cases.

If you look at the developments in Indonesia, the second peak will be in July 2021. Other countries and the world will not experience the same. In addition, worldwide cases were still experiencing the third wave or peak in September, when cases in Indonesia continued to decline.

Although Indonesia’s population is similar to that of the United States, Indonesia has a much lower number of positive cases and the number of cases per 1 million people every day. In fact, this number is still lower than in neighboring countries, whose population is much smaller than ours.

“The second surge in Indonesia was not followed by an increase in global cases. This shows that while Indonesia has seen a significant increase in cases, it is not significant enough to contribute to the increase in global cases, ”Wiku continued.

That’s a good thing, because cases in Indonesia are processed immediately. The fall curve shows a slight increase, in contrast to other countries that experienced a third increase. “This excellent development deserves our recognition as it shows our nation’s resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued.

In order to maintain this good development, a great task must therefore be accomplished together, namely to maintain this sloping curve. There are two lessons to keep in mind.

First, the key to keeping this case under control is to seriously follow health protocols consistent with reopening social activities. Mutant variants like Delta have proven to be faster in transmission, but it should be noted that while the variant was discovered in India in October 2020, the cases did not skyrocket until April 2021. The same applies to Indonesia, where the variant was discovered in January 2021, but new cases increased in October-July.

“It is clear that the rise in cases is not due to the Delta variant alone, but rather to community social activities that do not comply with strict health protocols. If we can limit social activities, the effects of variant mutations will in cases not cause a significant increase, “Wiku continued.

Second, if you look at the pattern of peaks in Indonesia for 3 months and the peaks in the world as well as India, Malaysia, and Japan, it takes attentive and disciplined health protocols for Indonesia to see a third surge in the next few months.

“We can learn from India because cases in the country have leveled off in the past 2.5 months, although they had previously increased significantly,” concluded Wiku.

Jakarta, September 16, 2021

Communication team of the Coronavirus Disease Management 2019 (Covid-19) Committee and National Economic Recovery