Indonesia detects first case of Omicron variant


JAKARTA – The Indonesian Health Ministry has detected its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in a member of the cleaning staff at the country’s largest isolation centre at Wisma Atlet, North Jakarta.

“Last night, we detected a patient with the initial N who confirmed positive for Omicron variant on Dec 15,” Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said in a virtual press briefing today.

The patient N was one of three cleaning staff who tested positive for COVID-19 during the routine testing for frontline workers on Dec 10.

Based on genome sequencing, the patient N tested positive for Omicron, Budi said, adding that the public must remain vigilant and obey the applicable rules according to health protocols.

As of yesterday, Indonesia recorded 205 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of people infected to 4,259,644.