The Ministry of Health is Optimistic that Eid and Homecoming for 2022 is Safe

Jakarta, IDN Times – The Ministry of Health is optimistic that the public can carry out Ramadan worship activities and even go home for Eid amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including the Omicron BA.2 variant or stealth.

Spokesperson for COVID-19 Vaccination Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the coverage of COVID-19 vaccination, both primary and booster doses, was able to reduce the rate of the Omicron BA.2 variant so that it did not threaten Eid celebrations.

“Will it threaten Eid al-Fitr? Yes, we will see in the future. But we are quite optimistic because the trend for almost two weeks is the trend of confirmed cases continuing to decline. Only a few provinces outside Java-Bali still see an increase, “he said as reported by the Ministry of Health’s Youtube, Wednesday (9/3/2022).

1. People live with COVID-19

The Ministry of Health is Optimistic that Eid and Homecoming for 2022 is SafeIllustration of community mobility during PPKM (ANTARA PHOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Nadia said that her party would also continue to evaluate the development of COVID-19 cases. Because the government cannot eliminate COVID-19 cases so that people live side by side with COVID-19.

“Can we go home freely? We will see the situation and adjust the trend of cases. Iftar, tarawih. The Minister once said that maybe during Eid al-Fitr celebrations or Ramadan we can do worship. Possibility to do Ramadan worship, going home, breaking fast together, we will see vaccine coverage,” he added.

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2. The government opens up opportunities for citizens to celebrate Eid 2022

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The Ministry of Health is Optimistic that Eid and Homecoming for 2022 is SafeIDN Times/Galih Persiana

Previously, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had stated that the government opened up opportunities for residents to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in 2022 by going back to their hometowns. This is with a note that at the end of April 2022, as many as 208,265,720 residents in the country have received two doses of complete vaccine. This was conveyed by Budi when delivering a virtual press conference on Sunday (27/2/2022).

“If possible, ladies and gentlemen, before Lebaran, which is the end of April 2022, we will finish injecting two doses, 70 percent of the population. So, this time, if the results are good, the Coordinating Minister allows, yes, this Eid we can celebrate differently than Eid -Eid before,” said Budi this afternoon. “However, with the condition that the second dose of vaccination must be accelerated.”.

3. The majority of patients who died had not been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health is Optimistic that Eid and Homecoming for 2022 is SafeHealth workers prepare the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine which will be injected to residents during the COVID-19 Booster vaccination. (BETWEEN PHOTOS/Fikri Yusuf)

According to Minister of Health Budi, the daily death rate due to COVID-19 in hospitals has reached 250. However, when he compared the deaths when the peak of the Delta variant reached 2,000 patients per day, the mortality rate from Omicron was still 15 percent of the peak of Delta.

He cautioned that the majority of patients who died because they had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 at all or received the full dose, were people with comorbidities and the elderly.

“It emphasizes vaccinating the elderly and completing vaccine doses as a priority that must be done together,” said Budi.

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