Jakarta (ANTARA) - Young workers in the age bracket of 21-30 years constituted the largest chunk of COVID-19 cases in December 2021-January 2022, including those infected with the Omicron variant, according to the Jakarta Health Office's data.

"It means that these young workers in the age group of 21-30 years are fresh graduates or had just entered work and whose (mobility was high), as they still like to hang out," Head of Jakarta Disease Prevention and Control Dwi Oktavia stated here on Monday.

Oktavia called on residents to be more vigilant against the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, and reminded those from the young age group to implement health protocols.

Oktavia explained that since more people from the productive-age group were exposed to COVID-19, the working regulation in the office must adhere to the level of Public Activities Restrictions (PPKM) implementation.

"PPKM levels will be updated regularly by taking into account developments in the situation," she remarked.

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Nevertheless, the policy of applying the concept of working from office (WFO) or working from home (WFH) can be taken at each company's discretion in case a COVID-19 positive case is found, without the need to wait for the renewal of the PPKM level, she stated.

"There is also a policy to temporarily halt office activities, so the rooms can be disinfected and tracing can be conducted, especially if there is a case or a cluster," she added.

Meanwhile, based on data from the Jakarta provincial government on Sunday (January 30, 2022), the number of daily COVID-19 positive cases in Jakarta from foreign travelers had reached 290, while cases due to local transmissions were recorded at 6,323.

Moreover, as of Sunday, 1,897 foreign travelers that tested positive for COVID-19 underwent treatment and/or isolation, while 26,809 patients contracted the infection through local transmissions.

Meanwhile, the number of Omicron cases found in foreign travelers reached 1,581, while the case count of non-foreign travelers reached 1,311 as of Sunday.
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