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Task force chief Doni Monardo latest official to test positive for COVID-19

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 23, 2021   /  07:34 pm
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National COVID-19 Task Force chief Doni Monardo, also the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head, attends a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs at the parliamentary complex in Jakarta on July 13, 2020.(Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Doni Monardo, the chief of the national COVID-19 task force and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 following work visits to West Sulawesi and South Kalimantan. In a statement, Doni said he had taken a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on Friday evening after leading disaster mitigation efforts for massive flooding in South Kalimantan and an earthquake in Mamuju and Majene in West Sulawesi. “I received the positive result this morning with a cycle threshold [CT] value of 25. I’m not experiencing any symptoms,” Doni said on Saturday. CT value refers to the estimated rate of viral load a sample may contain. The higher the CT value, the lower the chance for the virus to transmit to other people. Some references mention that a CT value higher than 34 means that the virus is more unli...