80 Percent of Indonesian Citizens Have Been Infected With Covid-19 Delta Variant

Suara.com – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) epidemiologist Citra Indriani estimates that 80 percent of Indonesia’s population has been infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19.

This has caused the number of positive cases of Covid-19 to drop dramatically because group immunity has been formed naturally because they have been infected.

“More than 50 percent of covid infections are asymptomatic, maybe 80 percent of our population has been infected with Delta. Most natural infections form antibodies that are specific for the virus or viral strain that infects, not for other strains. So the natural immunity that is formed at this time may not be we can rely on if we get a new strain,” said Citra, Monday (22/11/2021).

In addition, the vaccination program that has been intensively carried out has reached 208 million who have been vaccinated with the first dose and 88 million of them have received the complete vaccine dose.

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“The hope is of course that the acceleration of vaccination, and regional combing for vaccination, especially the elderly, can play a role in mitigating the severe form of SARS-CoV 2 infection. Even if wave 3 occurs, our health system will no longer face thousands of severe cases every day,” he said.

Even so, he still asked the government to continue to tighten the mobility of citizens, especially ahead of Christmas and New Year, especially in neighboring countries currently experiencing a delta wave of variant AY.4.2.

“The increase in mobility is something that cannot be avoided. If we look at the 1.5 years of the pandemic, the wave of increase always begins with an increase in mobility,” said Citra.

It is known, the Covid-19 pandemic has infected 4,253,412 Indonesians, there are still 8,126 active cases, 4,101,547 people have been declared cured, and 143,739 people have died.

The government has also injected 134,462,219 doses (64.56 percent) of the first vaccine and 89,273,056 doses (42.86 percent) of the second vaccine to people spread throughout Indonesia.

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Meanwhile, the total vaccine target is 208,265,720 or 70 percent of Indonesians targeted by President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to be completed within one year to achieve herd immunity.

Source: Suara.com by www.suara.com.

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