COVID-19 Spike Caused by New Variants
The recent Covid-19 spike in several regions has been triggered by new virus variants that first emerged in other countries. The micro-scale public activity restrictions needs to be tightened to overcome the situation.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS – New and more contagious variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, are the culprit behind the surge in cases across a number of regions in the country, such as Kudus, Central Java and Jakarta. The variants dominating recent cases are the B.1.617.2 or Delta variant, which was first detected in India, and the B.1.1.7 or Alpha variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom.
The Health Ministry’s infectious diseases Prevention and Control director, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that of the 34 samples from Kudus that were tested using whole genome sequencing (WGS), the presence of the Delta variant had been confirmed in 28 samples.