JAKARTA, THE NUSANTARA POST- The surge in Covid-19 cases continues to occur due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant, making Indonesia in first position as the country with the highest number of cases among Asean countries.
The continuous increase in cases in Indonesia has also increased the occupancy rate of hospital beds. Based on data from the Ministry of Health, as of February 6, 2022, nationally, the number of Covid-19 patients treated in hospitals was 18,966 people.
According to data, the current national BOR occupancy rate is still 23.35 percent of the 81,235 available Covid-19 bed capacities.
As of Sunday 6 February 2022, citing Bisnis, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 4,516,480 cases. When compared to other countries, the Philippines is below Indonesia with a total of 3,609,568 cases.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is in third place with a total of 2,914,220 cases and Thailand is in fourth place with a total of 2,507,471 Covid-19 cases.
The following is the order of the 10 Asean countries with the highest Covid-19 cases according to Worldometers, as of today (7/2/2022), at 10.40 WIB.
- Indonesia – 4,516,480
- Philippines – 3,609,568
- Malaysia – 2,914,220
- Thailand – 2,507,471
- Vietnam – 2,341,971
- Myanmar – 537,901
- Singapore – 397,823
- Loas – 136,438
- Cambodia – 121,773
- Brunei Darussalam – 17.404
When compared to the total population, of course, a high population also has high cases. However, Malaysia ranks third, even though its population is 33 million people. Meanwhile, a country with a population of 98 million, Vietnam is in 5th position.
Although the number of daily confirmed cases is increasing, the number of patients admitted to the hospital is relatively less than the spike that occurred last year.
Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Vaccination Ministry of Health, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi confirmed that currently the number of patients being treated at the hospital is still low.
“The addition of daily confirmation numbers tends to be high. However, people don’t need to be fixated on that number and don’t panic because most of the symptoms shown by patients are mild symptoms or no symptoms at all and the length of treatment period is also shorter when compared to other variant cases,” said dr. Nadia in an official statement as quoted from Lentera Today (7/2/2022).
Nadia said that there is a possibility that Indonesia will face a high increase in cases in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
“We hope that the public can be really alert and know this condition well, that transmission from this Omicron variant is faster than other Covid-19 variants of concern, but cases of illness and death from this variant are low. So the hospital should be used by patients who really need it, namely those who have moderate to critical symptoms,” he said.
The Ministry of Health urges people who are exposed, but have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, it is enough to self-isolate at home or integrated isolation by utilizing telemedicine services if available or can report to the nearest Puskesmas (LT/TNP)