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Jakarta Post

Jakarta urged to expand its tracing coverage

  • News Desk


Jakarta   /   Sat, November 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of COVID-19 contact tracing app(Shutterstock/Redkey USB)

An Indonesian epidemiologist has said that the COVID-19 contact tracing efforts in the nation’s capital is still far below the recommended standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). "Ideally, according to the WHO standard, it should be 1 to 25," epidemiologist Dicky Budiman from Griffith University, Australia, told on Thursday. This means that, for each person who tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers should identify a minimum of 25 people who have been in close contact, defined as within 1 meter for 15 minutes or more. "To estimate, for every 100 confirmed cases, there should be 2,500 identified contacts," he explained. According to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, however, Jakarta’s contact tracing ratio is currently 1:8, or eight close contacts per confirmed case.  "So [the WHO standard] has no...