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Health Ministry Urges Mass Gathering Participants to Get Tested and Self-Isolate

Acting Director General of Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health Dr. H Muhammad Budi Hidayat, M. Kes (kemkes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Health has appealed to the public, especially those who had participated in a number of religious gatherings in Tebet, Petamburan, and Mega Mendung a few days ago, to carry out self-isolation for 14 days.

This is recommended considering the results of the tracking of Covid-19 cases through a series of swab tests or PCR Swab Tests as of Thursday (19/11/2020). The swab tests were conducted on the participants of the religious gatherings, and the tests found a number of residents who were confirmed positive for Covid-19.

"The Ministry of Health urges everyone who participated in the events and anyone who feels that they have been in close contact with the people present to carry out independent isolation for 14 days," said Acting Director General of Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health Dr. H Muhammad Budi Hidayat, M. Kes, at the conference press on Update on Covid-19 Examination, Tracking and Treatment by the Ministry of Health in Jakarta, on Sunday (11/22/2020).

The details of the results of the examination, which showed positive Covid-19 test results, included 50 people involved in activities in Tebet, 30 people in Petamburan and 15 people in Mega Mendung who were still waiting for the results of the sample test.

"We found a total of 50 positive cases in Tebetm, 30 cases in Petamburan, and 15 cases waiting for test resuts in Mega Mendung," Budi said.

Budi also advised anyone who feels they have symptoms such as cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat and loss of taste to immediately contact the nearest public health center. The government has also set up a special quarantine center for Covid-19 patients at the Emergency Hospital at Wisma Atlet, Kemayoran, Jakarta.

"If there are symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat and loss of sense of taste, immediately visit the nearest health center for a swab or PCR test," he added.

Furthermore, his office also urged all community leaders and anyone who has an important role in a particular community to be wiser and provide an example to the community about the importance of implementing health protocols.

Budi requested that during the pandemic period, activities that attracted large crowds should not be held. This is because crowding can trigger the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 which can be fatal.