Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Main Expert Abraham Wirotomo emphasized that results of the post-Eid-homecoming-exodus evaluation were still awaited for the determination of the COVID-19 endemic transition scheme.

Wirotomo conveyed the statement in connection with the circulating information that the government had prepared for the transition from the COVID-19 pandemic to endemic stage.

"Regarding the scheme for (the transition to) endemic, the government will still await the evaluation a few weeks after the Eid homecoming. We hope that there would not be another spike like in other countries. The government will prepare to anticipate if there is a spike (in cases)," he noted in a press release here on Thursday.

Wirotomo admitted that in the past seven weeks, from March 24 to May 4, 2022, the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia had been under control.

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The improved pandemic situation was reflected in the Reproduction Rate (Rt), which consistently stays at 1, and a decrease in the number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases.

He pointed out that as of May 3, 2022, the number of daily confirmed cases stood at 107, the confirmed deaths were recorded at 18, and the number of active cases totaled 6,951.

"This is something we should be grateful for, and we should praise the health workers, officers of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri), and the task force, who continue to remind people regarding health protocol compliance," he added.

However, he affirmed that the government was in no hurry to change the pandemic status to endemic despite an improvement in several indicators.

For the 2022 Eid al-Fitr, the Indonesian government has, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, allowed people to travel to their hometowns to celebrate Eid in view of the improving pandemic situation in the country.

According to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force data, as of May 4, 2022, Indonesia has recorded a total of 6,047,491 COVID-19 cases, 5,884,325 recoveries, and 156,321 deaths.

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