Every week, we observe the trend. While there have been case surges, the rise from week to week has already declined
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Cases of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron in Java-Bali have already hit their peak and have experienced a downward trend in the past several weeks, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has informed.

"Every week, we observe the trend. While there have been case surges, the rise from week to week has already declined," he said during a Commission IX Opinion Hearing Meeting (RDP), which was streamed on YouTube on Tuesday.

Data has shown that the positive rate trend as well as the hospital occupancy of BA.4 and BA.5 patients have also experienced a decline compared to six weeks ago, he informed.

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According to the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 daily report, the number of confirmed cases in the two weeks ended August 27, 2022, declined from 5,376 to 4,495.

At the same time, the number of active cases fell from 51,514 to 48,383.

Meanwhile, the number of inpatients decreased from 4,200 to 4,196, with their percentage declining from 6.68 percent to 6.54 percent.

The number of specimens examined in the period dropped from 111,316 to 91,577.

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"BA.4 and BA.5 cases, in terms of hospitalization, people entering ICU, and people who died, are relatively lower compared to the Delta and Omicron variants," the minister informed.

The number of cases in Java-Bali has almost entirely declined. Meanwhile, outside of Java-Bali, it has shown a relative rise, but is nominally lower.

"Kalimantan already surged ahead, but now the trend has declined. Sulawesi and Sumatra are still rising a bit," he said.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Sadikin also informed that Indonesia has ordered two thousand doses of the monkeypox vaccine produced by Bavarian Nordic to protect citizens from the risk of infection.

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