Jakarta - Singapore is currently facing a spike in COVID-19 cases. So, is there an impact on Indonesia, especially in the province of the Riau Islands (Kepri) which is directly adjacent to Singapore?
"Although the fluctuation of COVID-19 in Singapore is quite high, but Alhamdulillah so far it has not had a significant impact at all on the Riau Islands," explained the governor of the Riau Islands, Ansar Ahmad, in an online discussion, Monday (25/10/2021).
"Because the access that has just been opened so far is for the repatriation of Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia and Singapore and we have handled it well, in accordance with the applicable health protocols," he continued.
He further said that the Riau Archipelago had been successful in overcoming the peak of COVID-19 in the second wave.
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Ansar explained that based on data on Saturday (10/23/2021), there were only 50 active cases handled or 0.09 percent. Accompanied by a total cure rate of 52,023 or 96.65 percent. Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 was 1,754 or 3.26 percent.
The hospital occupancy rate (BOR) is also said to have decreased until now at 2.82 percent, with the positivity rate decreasing to 0.15 percent.
"As is known in July 2021, our active cases are also quite worrying to reach 7,000 cases. Where today's condition, Alhamdulillah, has reduced and currently there are only 40 active cases that we are handling," he explained.