COVID-19: Govt to test 324,283 people daily during emergency PPKM

COVID-19: Govt to test 324,283 people daily during emergency PPKM

Health workers test patients for COVID-19 in the hallway of an emergency installation of RSUD Cengkareng in Jakarta on June 23, 2021. (ANTARA FOTO/Fauzan/wsj)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government is targeting to expand COVID-19 testing to cover 324,283 people per day during the enforcement of emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM) in Java and Bali from July 3 - July 20, 2021.

According to the guidelines for the enforcement of emergency PPKM, issued here on Thursday, the government has also set daily COVID-19 testing targets for regions covered by the public activity restrictions.

The daily COVID-19 testing target has been set at 8,233 people for Bali province, 28,017 people for Banten province, 22,811 people for Jakarta province, 107,366 people for West Java province, 74,020 people for Central Java province, 7,412 people for Yogyakarta province, and 76,424 people for East Java province.

According to the guidelines, testing will have to be boosted until the positivity rate reaches below 10 percent.

During testing, people suspected of contracting the virus, those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or those coming in close contact with people testing positive for the virus within a 14-day window will be given priority, the guidelines said.

Contact tracing will cover 15 close contacts of each confirmed case, and quarantine will be conducted for people coming in close contact with COVID-19 patients, they added.

Tests will be carried out as soon as a person is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient, the guidelines said. Such a person will have to undergo quarantine for five days and will be tested for COVID-19 on the fifth day. The quarantine will end if the test comes back negative, they added.

As per the guidelines, COVID-19 patients will be provided comprehensive treatment according to their symptoms. Only patients with medium, high, and critical symptoms will be hospitalized.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 patients conducting isolation will be strictly monitored to prevent widespread virus transmission.

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