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Disaster-stricken regions step up virus countermeasures

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 23 2021   /  01:00 am
Members of a search and rescue team conduct search operations at Mitra Manakarra hospital following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on January 15 in Mamuju, 18 January 2021. (Agence France Presse/Adek Berry)

The government is stepping up COVID-19 countermeasures in disaster-hit regions in an effort to prevent new infection clusters from emerging and compounding existing crises. In West Sulawesi, which was struck by a series of high magnitude earthquakes last week, the Health Ministry has been testing displaced persons for the virus and grouping them based on their results. “We are screening and testing evacuees, so in two days people who tested positive for COVID-19 will be separated from those who tested negative,” said the head of the ministry’s Health Crisis Center, Budi Sylviana, at a press conference this week. He added that the ministry had dispatched contact tracing teams from Jakarta and Makassar to South Sulawesi to provide support at evacuation points in the province as a means of curbing possible transmission. A mobile polymerase chain react...