Papua's COVID-19 patients rise to 13

Papua's COVID-19 patients rise to 13

The office of the Papua COVID-19 Task Force. (ANTARA/Evarukdijati)

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Two more persons were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Papua province on Thursday, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients in the easternmost Indonesian province to 13.

The two new patients were residents of Jayapura district and were admitted to the Youwari Regional General Hospital, said spokesperson for the Papua COVID-19 task force, Dr. Silvanus Sumule, on Thursday night.

The 13 COVID-19 patients in the province were residents of Jayapura Municipality, Jayapura District, Merauke District, and Mimika District.

While the number of patients rose, the number of people under surveillance (ODP) and patients under surveillance (PDP) dropped to 7,040 and 42, respectively, Dr. Sumule said.

Chief of the Jayapura City Health Office, Dr. Khaerul Lie, said the condition of the two new COVID-19 patients was relatively stable.

One of the patients tested positive for the virus after returning from a religious event in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, while the second patient contracted the infection from his brother, who had also recently returned from Makassar, he stated. 

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