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KOMPAS.com – It is known that there are 11 people in the first cluster Covid-19 in Indonesia. They are the people who are exposed in Jakarta.

This is reported in the latest research entitled The Identification of First Covid-19 Cluster in Indonesia, published in the journal The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene October 2020 issue.

This report was prepared by a joint team of the Health Research and Development Agency (Litbangkes) of the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes), Indonesia Research Partnership on Infectious Disease (INA-RESPOND), together with the Directorate of Health Surveillance and Quarantine of the Ministry of Health.

In the report, there was a 52-year-old man who was positive for Covid-19 who died on March 3, 2020.

The day before, on March 2, 2020, President Joko Widodo and Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto officially announced the first case of Covid-19 in Indonesia.

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At that time at the Jakarta Presidential Palace, Jokowi announced two Indonesian citizens who were confirmed positive for Covid-19.

Is a 31 year old woman (case # 1) and her mother aged 64 years (case # 2) who had contact with a Japanese person who was declared infected corona virus after being in Indonesia for a dance event for one day and going to Malaysia.

Cases # 1 and # 2 were discovered after they did a throat and sputum swab for tests real time polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

After that, tracing or tracing is carried out to find out who had close contact with Japanese tourists, case # 1, and case # 2.

A total of 113 close contact specimens including drivers, waitresses, participants at the dance, family, friends and medical staff were tested.

“The Japanese made close contact with 33 people, including drivers, tour guides, waiters at restaurants, and guests or participants at dance events. And there are 80 people who made contact with the first case in Indonesia, such as family, friends and medical personnel. Everything was tested, “the team wrote in its report.

From the test results, 11 close contacts were confirmed positive. Nine contacts showed symptoms of illness and the other two were asymptomatic.

For anyone who goes inside the first cluster of Covid-19 in Indonesia, the team includes a chart below.

Screenshot of The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene The first cluster of Covid-19 in Indonesia. Index is a Covid-19 positive foreigner from Japan who had stopped in Indonesia for one day. The other 11 people who were traced and tested positive for Covid-19. There is a man (52) who died on March 3, 2020 (third rod).

On the vertical axis (perpendicular) shows people infected with Covid-19 in the first cluster.

The first bar (Index) shows Japanese people who had been in Indonesia and were positive for the corona.

Then under the index there is a gender number and description. Number refers to age, M is male or man, and F is female or women.

For example 31M (second rod) means a man aged 31 years.

Meanwhile, the horizontal (horizontal) axis shows the patient’s condition; when the virus incubation occurred, whether it showed symptoms or not, received hospital treatment or not, and the patient recovered or died. Each one is shown in a different color.

Let’s take a look at the chart above. The third rod (52M) ends with a black inverted triangle. It means, this 52 year old man died.

Indonesian molecular biologist Ahmad Utomo questioned why the death case report was only released this October.

“Try looking archive“At the beginning of March, there was news that this 52-year-old man who had close contact with the Japanese had died,” he said when contacted by Kompas.com, Friday (23/10/2020).

In the data presented in the graph, the man died in early March, March 3, 2020 to be precise. One day after Jokowi and Minister of Health Terawan announced the first Covid-19 case in Indonesia.

According to Ahmad, information on the death of a patient infected with Covid-19 in the first cluster (52M) is important for the public to know. It is as important as the information on who is in the first cluster.

Sars-CoV-2 corona virus particles in human cells.NIAID/Flickr, CC BY 2.0/Science Alert Sars-CoV-2 corona virus particles in human cells.

“This is important for the public to know. Because as far as I can remember, in early March the government’s narrative actually saw Covid-19, in quotation marks, not taking (Covid-19) seriously. Even though someone died and he was in close contact (with Japanese people),” he said.

“And this may have a reason too, why it was just published (the report). Try if it is sooner.”

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Ahmad hopes that this latest research report can educate the public that Covid-19 is a serious disease.

“As part of public education, when they say 98 percent are cured, the question is what is the matter with the 2 percent,” he said.

“Of which 2 percent he can be in hospital, on a ventilator, and some die.”

Ahmad said that this disease requires vigilance and the need to trace close contact with people infected with Covid-19.

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