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23 Countries have been infiltrated by Omicron, Hong Kong and Japan too

Kamis, 02 Desember 2021 / 05:05 WIB
23 Countries have been infiltrated by Omicron, Hong Kong and Japan too
ILUSTRASI. Syringes with needles are seen in front of a displayed stock graph and words 'Omicron SARS-CoV-2' in this illustration taken, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Sumber: Kompas.com | Editor: Hasbi Maulana

KONTAN.CO.ID - JAKARTA. The Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) said that currently 23 countries have reported cases of infection with the Corona virus variant B.1.1.529. This horrendous new variant of the corona virus is popularly known as Omicron.

The Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (P2P) of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that a number of countries that had reported cases of the Omicron variant as of December 1, 2021, included the UK, Austria, Italy, Germany and Australia.

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"Currently, as of December 1, 23 countries have reported the presence of the Omicron variant," said Nadia, during a discussion at the Merdeka Barat 9 Forum, quoted from the YouTube channel FMB9ID_IKP, Wednesday (1/12/2021).

Nadia predicts that the number of countries reporting cases of the Omicron variant will increase. However, he asked the public not to worry and continue to increase vigilance by implementing health protocols.

"We also want to convey that we currently have the capacity and system for detecting Covid-19 variants that have been formed from the national to regional levels to monitor new variants," he said.

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Nadia also asked that efforts to find cases of Covid-19 continue to be carried out, starting from tracing close contacts, testing and examining new variants.

"And of course we continue to strive to increase and accelerate vaccination coverage," he said.

The following 23 countries reported the Omicron variant as of 1 December:

  1. South Africa
  2. Botswana
  3. The Netherlands
  4. UK
  5. Israel
  6. Canada
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Australia
  9. Denmark
  10. Austria
  11. Italy
  12. Belgium
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Germany
  15. France
  16. Switzerland
  17. Portugal
  18. Brazil
  19. Japan
  20. Reunion Island (France)
  21. Sweden
  22. Spain
  23. Finland

This article has been published on Kompas.com with the title "Ministry of Health Calls Omicron Variants Detected in 23 Countries",
Author : Haryanti Puspa Sari
Editor : Kristian Erdianto

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