Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Health Ministry said that has enlisted the help of epidemiologists to predict the number of COVID-19 cases during the upcoming peak of infections.

"The prediction of the peak of cases is still under study by epidemiologists," said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, head of the ministry's communication and public services bureau in Jakarta on Wednesday.

She added there has been no official statement yet about the peak of infections.

Daily cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia are reportedly increasing due to the emergence of new coronavirus variants.

The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has reported an increase in positive cases since April 29, 2023, when the highest number of cases (2,074) in the past 10 months was recorded.

On Wednesday, the number of positive cases reached 2,647 and the number of active cases increased by 1,502.

In the past two weeks, the hospital occupancy rate has risen from 3.63 percent to 7.03 percent, and the number of patients treated has increased from 1,521 to 2,966.

The death toll has also climbed, with the most significant increase (37) recorded on April 28. The figure was stood at 25 on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia as still under control, with a Level 1 threshold of 8,000 cases per day.

The ministry's spokesperson, Mohammad Syahril, urged people to remain vigilant and follow health protocols, such as wearing masks in crowds and paying attention to personal health and immunity.

"The key to preventing transmission is through the implementation of health protocols," he said.

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