Media Statement on COVID-19

The Indonesian Government has today confirmed two individuals with positive results for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They are the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Both patients are being placed under isolation and have been receiving appropriate medical treatment. “We are not surprised by this announcement and we can anticipate more cases in the coming days. Early detection of cases and laboratory confirmation is critical” WHO Representative to Indonesia Dr N. Paranietharan said of the news.
“We have been working closely with the government to prepare for this scenario. Now that it is a reality, it is important that we ensure the activities planned during preparedness are implemented quickly.” WHO Indonesia reiterates their advice to the public to remain calm and maintain personal hygiene measures. Standard recommendations that everyone can adopt to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, include: 
• Frequently wash hands by using clean running water and soap, or alcohol-based hand rub • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw used tissue away immediately and wash hands • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough • If you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous contact with any known or suspected COVID-19 patients with your health care provider “COVID-19 causes mostly (80% of affected persons) mild disease and children are not known to develop severe disease,” said Dr Paranietharan. “Risk of severe disease is high for those over 60 years and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.” WHO Indonesia shares the concern many Indonesians are feeling for the wellbeing of their family and friends about COVID-19. WHO is committed to support the Government of Indonesia and partners to implement effective measures to protect the health of all people living in Indonesia. Background
Beginning in December 2019, an upsurge of unknown pneumonia cases was detected in persons from Wuhan city in China. The unfamiliar virus was identified as part of the coronavirus family – a group of viruses that cause a range of illnesses ranging from the less severe common cold to more severe illness (such as SARS and MERS). Since December, cases of this virus have been detected throughout China, and in many countries across the world. While many cases can be traced back to contact or travel history in Wuhan city, human-to human transmission of the virus was confirmed within and outside China, in other countries. On January 30, 2020, the growing outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by WHO. In early February the new coronavirus was given the name COVID-19. As of 01 March, 2020, 1 739 new cases have brought the global total number of confirmed cases to 87 137, spread across 59 countries. More information
For more information, please visit WHO coronavirus website: Details can also be found on our Indonesia COVID-19 landing page: Contact details
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