COVID-19 active cases continually decline in Riau Islands during Eid

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The Health Office of Riau Islands Province recorded a continued decrease in the number of COVID-19 active cases in the province during the Eid al-Fitr period.

“The number of COVID-19 patients continues to decline, and the number of deaths is low. Hopefully, the (number of) active cases in three regions (in Riau Islands) that still have COVID-19 patients will drop to zero soon,” Head of the Riau Islands Health Office Muhamad Bisri stated here on Thursday.

Bisri noted that the current count of active cases in the province stood at 13, which spread in Tanjungpinang, Bintan District, and Karimun District. Tanjungpinang recorded the most cases, with eight patients; followed by three patients in Karimun District; and two patients in Bintan District.

According to the office head, the immunity of residents of Riau Islands had increased significantly since the COVID-19 vaccination program was rolled out. Based on research results from the Ministry of Health, the community immunity of Riau Islands’ residents reaches more than 90 percent.

In addition, he attributed the decline in the number of COVID-19 patients was due to the awareness of most of the Riau Islands’ residents, who continue to comply with COVID-19 health protocols.

He appealed to the community to continue to wear masks, exercise, and eat healthy food.

Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Main Expert Abraham Wirotomo, in a press release here on Thursday, emphasized that results of the post-Eid-homecoming-exodus evaluation were still awaited for the determination of the COVID-19 endemic transition scheme in Indonesia.

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

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.

According to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force data, as of May 5, 2022, Indonesia had recorded a total of 6,047,741 COVID-19 cases, 5,884,770 recoveries, and 156,340 deaths.

Meanwhile, according to the task force data, Riau Islands had, so far, recorded 70,160 COVID-19 cases, 68,228 recoveries, and 1,880 deaths.

Source: Antara News