Indonesia Fears Third Wave of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indonesian Ministry of Health have revealed that Indonesia is in danger of a third wave of COVID-19.

Illustration. Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Humanity Medical Services medics refer patients to Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 Wisma Atlet Kemayoran. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The active COVID-19 cases in Indonesia have been decreasing. By Thursday (10/21/2021), 633 cases were recorded, making a total of 4,237,834 cases.

However, in the midst of the decreasing Covid-19 case, Indonesia is in danger of experiencing a third wave of Covid-19, as revealed by an expert from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dicky Budiman. Budiman said the third wave of Covid-19 would occur at the end of December 2021 if activity relaxations continued without health protocols and strict screening.

"Speaking of each (COVID-19) wave, it is multifactorial, but the main thing is that there are groups of people who are vulnerable or do not have immunity (to COVID-19), meaning that they have not been vaccinated or have not been a survivor," said Dicky, Monday (18/10/2021).

Budiman who is also an Epidemiologist from the Center for Environmental and Population Health at Griffith University Australia revealed that there is still 50 percent of the Indonesian population who are categorized as vulnerable to Covid-19. In the neighboring country of Singapore, with high vaccination coverage, the COVID-19 cases still increase.

"Singapore, with only eight percent of whose population has not been fully vaccinated, still experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases, explode. What about us? We have a big potential for COVID-19 third wave,” said Budiman.

Indonesian Ministry of Health spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi shared the same opinion that the third wave of Covid-19 would hit Indonesia. Nadia reasoned that this was based on the experiences of the United States and countries in Europe.

"We consider the third wave (of COVID-19) something that is certain to happen. Why? Because many countries are experiencing a third wave, such as the UK and the United States where they have high vaccination coverage. They also have good health progress rates," said Nadia, Thursday (10/21/2021).

Nadia added, one of the scientific journal studies released that the nature of Covid-19 is that it would cause multiple waves. “It is not as if there will only be one wave that peaks and decreases after that,” added Nadia. []