"The spike in the number of ODP came to light after the team traced people, who had come in close contact with COVID-19 positive patients," acting Chief of the Merauke District Health Office Dr Nevile Maskita revealed on Monday.
Maskita remarked that the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) and COVID-19 positive patients remained unchanged at four and two respectively. Meanwhile, the number of asymptomatic people reached 388.
The PDP are believed to be exposed to the virus after having come in close contact with other family members and travelled aboard the same flight as those having tested positive for COVID-19, he noted.
Two people tested positive for COVID-19 in Merauke. However, they have been discharged from a local hospital after they twice tested negative for the virus.
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