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Widodo Urges Stay Home After Omicron Confirmed in Indonesia | World News

By EDNA TARIGAN, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged folks and authorities officers to chorus from touring overseas after the nation detected its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in a cleansing employee at a hospital in Jakarta.

The affected person has no signs and is being quarantined on the Athlete’s Village emergency hospital, the place the particular person labored. The authorities created the power in March 2020 to deal with COVID-19 sufferers and as a quarantine venue for Indonesians getting back from overseas.

Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin mentioned the an infection was confirmed on Wednesday, and he urged folks to proceed following advisable protocols, together with carrying masks and sustaining bodily distance.

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He additionally referred to as for elevated testing and to speed up the nation’s vaccination program.

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Later Thursday, President Joko Widodo at a information convention mentioned, “I ask people and state officials to refrain from traveling abroad until the situation subsides.”

Indonesia, as of Wednesday, had recorded greater than 4.2 million COVID-19 instances and greater than 143,000 deaths. During the height of the final surge in July, it hit 56,757 instances per day as hospitals turned overwhelmed by sick sufferers and ran out of beds and oxygen provides.

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