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Indonesia Covid-19: Nearly half of Jakarta’s population may have contracted the virus, study shows



Indonesia Covid 19 Nearly half of Jakartas population may have contracted

The survey, published on July 10, tested for coronavirus antibodies in the blood of about 5,000 people in the city from March 15-31. The results showed that 44.5% of those tested had antibodies, indicating they were infected with Covid-19.


Jakarta has about 10.6 million inhabitants, according to government figures. According to the researchers, as many as 4.7 million people would be infected in the capital by March 31.

“Through this study, we can estimate the percentage of Jakarta residents infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus, whether identified by PCR tests or not,” said Widyastuti, head of the Jakarta Provincial Health Bureau, in a statement. online press conference on That reported the state news agency Antara on 10 July.

According to Indonesian Data from the Ministry of HealthJakarta had recorded more than 382,000 cases of Covid-19 by March 31, when the investigation ended. By Tuesday, that number had risen to 689,243.
This uptick in the capital comes as Indonesia – the world’s fourth most populous nation – faces a difficult phase in its fight against the pandemic, recording tens of thousands of daily cases and up to 1,000 deaths a day across the country in one of Asia’s worst outbreaks.
Hospitals across the country, particularly on the island of Java – where Jakarta is located – have been pushed to the brink by the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain, with several cities, including the capital, partially covered. Lockdown.

dr. Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia’s public health school, said the study found that some people are at higher risk than others, Antara reported.

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“People in densely populated areas are more susceptible to being infected with Covid-19,” he said. “The higher the body mass index, the more infected, in this case [those who are] overweight and obesity. People with high blood sugar are also more at risk.”


The report also found the highest antibody count in the 30-49 age group, and infection rates were higher in women.

The results match health experts’ fears that the Covid-19 crisis in Indonesia is possible worse than official figures suggest, with the country initially slow to test and contact. Initially, authorities did not realize how quickly the virus had spread in this latest wave, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin previously told CNN.

Focus on vaccinations

Scientists have found that people recovering from the coronavirus are likely to have some immunity, but it’s not clear how strong it is or how long it lasts.

Herd Immunity The idea is that a disease stops spreading once enough of a population becomes immune, but the researchers were wary of attributing the high percentage of antibodies found in their study to herd immunity.

“In an open city like Jakarta — which has high intra- and inter-regional mobility — it is difficult to achieve herd immunity,” the researchers said.

Jakarta should instead focus on vaccinate residents to build immunity against the virus, she added.
Indonesia has only fully vaccinated 5.5% of the population, according to CNNs Covid-19 vaccine tracker. In Jakarta, more than 1.95 million people — or about 18% of the population — is fully vaccinated, according to: Data from the Ministry of Health.
Indonesia has mainly relied on Sinovac in its national Covid-19 vaccination rollout that began in January. Concerns have been expressed in recent weeks on the Chinese vaccine’s effectiveness against more contagious variants after hundreds of health workers contracted the disease despite being vaccinated, and dozens were hospitalized.
Health Minister Budi said in a news briefing on Friday that all health workers would receive a third injection Moderna’s mRNA vaccineAntara reported. The first shipments of the vaccine were sent to Indonesia from the United States this weekend.

“We have agreed that the Moderna vaccine will be given as a third dose to provide maximum immunity against the existing viral mutations,” he said.

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