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Mobility Restrictions, Mass Vaccination Called for

As the number of new cases continues to grow, restrictions on mobility need to be tightened; testing, tracing and hospital capacity must be expanded; and vaccination must be accelerated.

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Activities of medical officers in the special room for treating Covid-19 patients at the Bogor Regional General Hospital (RSUD), Bogor City, West Java, Wednesday (16/6/2021). The bed occupancy rate (BOR) for Covid-19 patients at the Bogor Hospital has currently reached 75 percent.

SEMARANG, KOMPAS – The resurgence of COVID-19 cases in a number of regions, which has been triggered by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, requires a comprehensive response. As the number of new cases continues to grow, restrictions on mobility need to be tightened; testing, tracing and hospital capacity must be expanded; and vaccination must be accelerated.

Riris Andono Ahmad, an epidemiologist and director of the Tropical Medicine Center at the School of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing of the University of Gadjah Mada (FKKMK UGM), said the examination and tracing of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia were still limited, despite the rapid transmission of the disease. Therefore, the detection capability should be increased and should be followed by mobility restrictions, he added.

Editor: Syahnan Rangkuti
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