The Jakarta Post
A new COVID-19 cluster has emerged in Karawang, West Java, after 11 people who attended the anniversary of a dance group tested positive for the virus.
Karawang COVID-19 task force spokesman Fitra Hergyana said that one person had been infected with the virus when they attended the event recently at a restaurant in West Karawang.
"After tracing and conducting swab tests, we found that 10 other people were COVID-19 positive," Fitra said on Tuesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com. He added that this proved that the coronavirus spreads very fast in a crowd.
"As of Tuesday, many patients are still in isolation or being treated [in Karawang]. The Karawang administration is currently short of health workers because many of them also [have the virus]," he said.
The regency’s hospitals are currently treating 349 people, 22 of whom are health workers. Given the situation, the Karawang administration is now recruiting medical and nonmedical volunteers to help with COVID-19 mitigation and management.
Fitra invited people who had the expertise, experience and desire to help to join the task force by applying through the official website, relawankarawang.org.
He said the task force currently needed about 10 medical volunteers, but only a few had applied so far.
Karawang task force head Acep Jamhuri said it would be holding a limited meeting to discuss treatment and management strategies to address the spike in COVID-19 patients.
“In the meeting, we will discuss adding [more] rooms to treat coronavirus patients at the regional hospital and the lung hospital. We will talk about the shortage of beds, [as well as] the need for medical workers," he said.
Acep added that some private hospitals were ready to provide isolation rooms.
As of Tuesday, the Karawang task force has recorded 1,379 cases, comprising 349 cases in isolation, 984 recovered cases, and 46 COVID-19 deaths.
Meanwhile, West Java is among the provinces that have recorded the highest number of new cases and deaths this week.
National COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito identified the five provinces as West Java with 627 new cases, Banten with 345 new cases, the Riau Islands with 238 new cases, Riau with 234 new cases and Central Java with 184 new cases.
“The Riau Islands and Riau have yet to be removed from the list of provinces with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, just like last week,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Meanwhile, the five provinces with the highest death toll were West Java with 89 deaths, West Sumatra with 22 deaths, Central Java with 16 deaths, the Riau Islands with 10 deaths and West Nusa Tenggara with seven deaths.
“To those five provinces, please improve [your] COVID-19 patient treatment,” said Wiku. (iwa)
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